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Career development

Health and Care Research Wales funds high-quality research for the benefit of the NHS, public health and social care, and provides learning and support to enable researchers to tackle the complex health and care challenges of the future.

Encouraging a research-positive culture in health and care organisations gives patients and the public greater access to research studies that help improve care and treatment options. Research active organisations are also more likely to attract and retain the best staff and offer opportunities for greater workforce development, because they enable staff to work at the forefront of knowledge and current practice. 

If you are thinking of progressing your research career and would like to find out more about the opportunities on offer through Health and Care Research Wales, a number of schemes are available to health researchers from different professions, backgrounds and research interests. These include:

NHS Research Time Award (NHS RTA) – Protected time to engage in research activity in the NHS

The NHS Research Time Award is open to staff in NHS Wales, or staff contracted to NHS Wales (such as doctors, dentists, nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and clinical scientists) in primary, secondary or community care or public health. It aims to build research capacity and capability in the NHS by offering staff the opportunity to apply for protected time to engage in research activity.

The Health and Care Research Wales Support and Delivery Learning and Development Fund

The Health and Care Research Wales Support and Delivery Learning and Development Fund aims to promote equality of opportunity for staff working in NHS R&D offices, research delivery staff employed by the NHS, and Support and Delivery Centre staff by providing financial support for those who are planning to undertake higher education study. 

Research Capacity Building Collaboration Wales

Research Capacity Building Collaboration Wales (RCBCWales) is funded by Health and Care Research Wales and aims to increase research capacity and capability in nursing, midwifery, pharmacy clinical science and allied health professions, and to contribute to the development of clinical academic roles.

It is a partnership between six universities in Wales (the universities of South Wales, Swansea, Cardiff, Cardiff Metropolitan, Glyndwr and Bangor) providing opportunity for new and experienced researchers in the aforementioned professions to undertake research fellowships. RCBCWales engages with the NHS, industry, charities and policy makers and offers a range of awards, from First into Research fellowships, to PhDs, through to support for those wishing to undertake postdoctoral studies.

The collaboration works to develop those undertaking research for the first time, helping to make the pathway to becoming an independent researcher more attractive and accessible.