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New digital magazine aims to inspire the next generation of researchers

A new magazine called The Researcher has been launched. The digital publication, created for early career researchers by early career researchers aims to raise awareness of research careers among nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.

Working in collaboration with Health Education England (HEE), NHS North West Research and Development and a team of early career researchers, along with award winning writer Rob Young, the magazineillustrates the real-life stories of what it is like to undertake a research career.

Jacqueline Gaile, a Senior Research Speech and Language Therapist, part of the University of Manchester and Salford Royal NHS foundation Trust is a member of the editorial panel. She said:

“I want to be part of building a community of clinical and early career researchers who can support each other to work for patient benefit. I see this magazine as an opportunity to showcase the unique position we occupy as clinical researchers and to support each other through the various challenges this role brings. I’m an artist and a scientist; doing clinical research and editing The Researcher magazine allow me to be both at the same time.”

Nicki Latham, Executive Director of Performance and Development at HEE – who funded the magazine – said:

“At HEE we have a responsibility to develop a workforce that embraces research and innovation, and to support clinical academic careers for health professionals. I am passionate about research and evidence-based decision making, and the impact it can have on the quality of patient care.

“I hope that these real-life stories of the positives and challenges of undertaking research will inspire other early career researchers to get involved and think about what they can offer to improve services and care for patients. For those in the middle of a research project, we hope that the magazine gives you the encouragement to keep going and share your experiences with others.”

Two further editions of The Researcher are planned over the next six months. The first edition has the theme of ‘Breaking boundaries’ and is available to read online

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