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Interdisciplinary Clinical Academic Health Research Excellence (i-CAhRE)

The Trust’s vision is to become a national and internal leader in healthcare. Both Research and Development are essential components of world leading excellence in clinical care. Research is a key means to ensuring that all our patients receive the very best care possible. We consider research to be central to improvement of patient care and to be a frontrunner in research is a key objective within the Trust Organisational Strategy 2018-2021.

Working in collaboration, since 2016, both Research & Development (Ceri Jones and Professor Chris Imray) at University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW) and Professor Jane Coad, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Coventry University (CU) have set out an ambitious strategy for known as Interdisciplinary Clinical Academic Health Research Excellence (i-CAhRE) Programme.

This ambitious strategy is for University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW) Nurses, Midwives, and Allied Healthcare Professionals (NMAHP) and Clinical Health Scientists pursuing clinical academic research careers or gaining a greater understanding of clinical research and the place it has in a modern health service. It is aligned with the Trust’s Organisational Strategy 2018-2021 of We-CARE which puts patients first in everything we do.

Overall aims of the iCAhRE programme are:

  • To develop capacity and capability through developing and embedding clinical academic research careers and roles across inter-disciplinary groups in the Trust
  • To develop opportunities for research training and education for clinical academic researchers
  • To develop a supportive and empowering infrastructure alongside embedding an innovative interdisciplinary clinical academic research culture across the Trust.
  • This innovative strategy will enable UHCW staff to develop clinical academic research careers and will contribute to the generation of new knowledge which will improve outcomes and experiences for patients.

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