The UK’s publicly funded well being analysis hub has appointed its very first director of nursing and midwifery.
Professor Ruth Endacott, professor of medical nursing at universities in Plymouth and Australia, will take up the newly created position on the Nationwide Institute for Well being Analysis (NIHR) in Might.
“Nurses and midwives play an immensely essential position in main and delivering high-quality analysis”
The appointment is the newest transfer signalling an intention to spice up nurse and midwife involvement in analysis nationally.
In October final 12 months, chief nursing officer for England Ruth Might recruited two new heads of nursing analysis to her high workforce and introduced plans to develop a nationwide nurse analysis technique.
The NIHR, which is primarily funded by the Division of Well being and Social Care (DHSC), mentioned the intention of Professor Endacott’s new position was to “present skilled management for the 1000’s of nurses and midwives who lead, help or ship analysis for the NIHR or who take part in educational analysis coaching funded by NIHR”.
“Ruth shall be accountable for selling these professions inside NIHR and throughout the analysis enviornment extra broadly,” it added.
“She may also spotlight the distinction that nurses and midwives could make to well being and social care outcomes via analysis, and encourage extra professionals to change into analysis energetic.”
Professor Endacott, a registered nurse, is thought internationally for her work and has a powerful background in crucial care apply, training and analysis.
“We have to work out the place funding is required to firmly embed analysis because the enterprise of each nurse and midwife”
She already works with NIHR because the deputy panel chair for the medical doctorate analysis fellow scheme that it runs collectively with Well being Schooling England.
Dr Louise Wooden, director of science analysis and proof on the DHSC and NIHR co-lead, mentioned: “I’m happy to welcome Ruth to NIHR as its first director for nursing and midwifery.
“Nurses and midwives play an immensely essential position in main and delivering high-quality analysis.
“Ruth’s senior educational and medical expertise shall be invaluable as we proceed to interact all healthcare professions in analysis, celebrating and championing the contribution of nurses and midwives.”
Professor Endacott mentioned she was delighted to be the primary to tackle the position at NIHR, and mentioned she wished to make analysis “the enterprise of each nurse and midwife”.
“The massive successes in recruiting sufferers to Covid-19 research highlights the superb work that analysis nurses and midwives do day by day, however we have to work out the place funding is required to firmly embed analysis because the enterprise of each nurse and midwife,” she mentioned.
“This position gives a chance to develop the subsequent levels of analysis technique for the nurses and midwives who work for, or are supported by, NIHR and to spearhead equality of alternative throughout NHS trusts of various measurement and assets.”
The NIHR mentioned Professor Endacott could be working intently with the workplace of CNO Ms Might in her new position.
Reacting to the appointment, Ms Might mentioned on Twitter: “Such welcome information: nurses & midwives play a big position in analysis, this new position offers us an essential platform to advertise our voice.”
The announcement follows the publication earlier this week by the DHSC of a brand new “UK-wide imaginative and prescient for the way forward for medical analysis supply”.