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Attracting and developing AHSC talent

A strong collection of talents combine to bring formidable brainpower and team spirit to the work of the Imperial College AHSC.

Attracting and developing staff across all partners of the AHSC is one of its strategic objectives. It aims to help scientists, healthcare professionals and other staff from a wide variety of disciplines, professions and backgrounds come together to excel as teams.

Some of the greatest discoveries are made at the boundaries between disciplines and healthcare provision is increasingly focussed on multi-professional and team-based delivery models. The AHSC is committed to embedding such interactions and the AHSC ethos into the partner organisations and the AHSC work programmes.

The AHSC is developing and delivering a range of professional development programmes and opportunities. Information about AHSC Education and Research services for staff is posted on this page.

 

AHSC Seminar Series

To promote the work of the AHSC and bring to life examples of where our research is impacting clinical practice and improving patient outcomes, the AHSC runs regular lunchtime seminars for staff, patients and the public.

Information on forthcoming seminars as well as videos of previous presentations are available to view.

Clinical Academic Careers

Alignment of the partners’ activities for developing the next generation of healthcare professional research leaders is overseen by the AHSC Education Committee and supported by the Clinical Academic Training Office (CATO), the AHSC’s pan-professional clinical academic training hub.

CATO supports the development of clinical academics and researchers in all clinical health professions and career stages. The CATO programme includes:

  • Masterclasses and research conferences to encourage, develop and support participation in research
  • Information and signposting to ensure clinical academics have the right information in real-time to ensure success in their careers
  • Guidance around research careers, mentoring and one-to-one advice
  • Research skills training courses and resources, and communicating details about funding opportunities

One of the AHSC’s workforce objectives is to identify and expand the number of healthcare professionals engaged in research and give them opportunities to bring their expertise and questioning minds to the research table.

Additional support provided by CATO includes:

  • An introductory research skills programme to those at the beginning of their research career such as the AHSC ‘Starting out in research’ course
  • A dedicated workshop and one-to-one advice on funding schemes for healthcare professionals
  • An interactive chart on the CATO website summarising the support and activities available across the AHSC partners

 

AHSC Leadership Development Programme

The AHSC Leadership Development Programme aims to support the next generation of NHS leaders by equipping them with the leadership skills needed to operate effectively at board level and to address key management challenges facing the healthcare system over the next five to ten years.

The programme was developed in collaboration with the Imperial College Business School.

AHSC Research Support Services

The AHSC has established shared support services to assist researchers in the set-up and delivery of projects. These services are available to AHSC researchers and provide a single management structure for research projects at Imperial and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (ICHT).

Joint Research Office (JRO)

The JRO provides a range of services to assist and support administrative processes of research both pre- and post-award including:

  • access to funding for research and clinical trials
  • costing of research proposals
  • negotiation of funding contracts
  • financial management of awards and contracts

Joint Research Compliance Office (JRCO)

The JRCO ensures that Imperial and ICHT meet legal and regulatory requirements for the conduct of clinical research studies.

It can assist AHSC researchers by supporting protocol development and providing advice on regulatory submissions and other clinical research approval processes. It provides a series of workshops to help on various aspects of research such as ethical approval and data protection.

The JRCO also provides a regulatory oversight role on behalf of Imperial and ICHT through a programme of monitoring and audit.