Clinical Research Office. A partnership between Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Sheffield

For Health Professionals - Become Research Active 

Where to start

For an informal discussion about the support available for Nurses, Midwives, Allied Health Professionals (AHPs), Clinical Psychologists, Pharmacists and Healthcare Scientists to develop a research idea and conduct their own research, please initially discuss with your line manager at your one-to-one meetings or appraisal.

Then contact so we can provide further guidance and link you with the research lead of your directorate or care group.

Becoming Research Active

Pharmacy Research roles

To discuss Pharmacy research roles, please contact:

Research Nurse, Midwife and Allied Health Professional roles

If you are interested in learning more about Clinical Research and what being a Research Nurse, Midwife or Allied Health Professional entails, there is further information on the link below:
To discuss research nurse opportunities, please contact:

Professor Julie McGarry - Professor of Nursing  ( )

Is available for informal discussion, mentorship and coffee-drop-ins to discuss research ideas, first steps, publications and funding applications. Please look out for news and events below:

Drop ins sessions for 2024 can be found here


NIHR Associate Principal Investigator Scheme 


Why join the Associate PI Scheme? Click here for a staff perspective!
"Go for it! It is a great experience that allows you to gain an appreciation for clinical research both in terms of conducting the study as well as participant recruitment."
We have several Associate PI Scheme Champions who are a source of information and support for STH staff who may be interested in the Associate PI scheme. If you wish to contact them, please email or  


STH Nurse, Midwifery, Allied Health Professional (NMAHP) and Health Professionals Research Internship Programme

Have you thought about following a clinical research path?

Traditionally there have been limited opportunities for health professionals outside medicine and dentistry, to become more research active, either by engaging with, supporting or conducting research as part of everyday clinical practice. We are therefore inviting expressions of interest from budding researchers for our third intake of the research internship secondment scheme. Successful candidates will be released one day a week for one year and funding will be provided for backfill in their usual role. Our third cohort of STH internships is open to all registered health professions (outside of medicine and dentistry).

Who can apply?

This programme is suited to aspiring clinical leaders, those interested in pursuing a clinical academic career, or those who simply want an opportunity to find out more about research. We are keen to support those completely new to research as well as those currently working in research delivery roles. You might already have a research idea, although this isn’t essential. You might wish to build on your previous research experience. Health professionals employed on AfC Band 5, 6, 7 or 8a are eligible to apply.

How long will it take?

You will be offered a one day per week, 12-month secondment commencing during September 2023 (dates TBC).

What can my project focus on?

The NMAHP+ internship programme has four streams for the 2023-24 intake and you can choose which stream is best for you. Further details of the four streams and how to apply can be found on our website:

If you would like to discuss the internship programme further, please don’t hesitate to contact who will put you in touch with one of the internship steering committee members.

Closing date for applications is Friday 9th June 2023

About external training opportunities with local partners


Research Internship Scheme at SHU

  • The NIHR HEE Integrated Clinical Academic Programme Internship Scheme is hosted by Sheffield Hallam University and is open to non-medical clinical staff employed by an NHS organisation in the North East and Yorkshire regions of Health Education England.
  • The scheme provides a range of both taught and academically supervised interventions that both engage and expose the intern to the clinical academic research environment and also provide them with the practical skills to undertake a research project supported by an expert clinical academic supervisor. 
  • Further details can be found on the link below:


Clinical Research Academy scheme

A collaboration between STH and the University of Sheffield:


Could you be a research delivery leader? Virtual event 20th March 2024

  • Are you a healthcare professional with a passion for improving patient care? 
  • Do you want to improve patient outcomes by leading groundbreaking research studies?
  • Could you be a research delivery leader?

Save the date for this virtual event - Wednesday 20 March 2024  (12.30pm - 2.00pm)

Suitable for all healthcare professionals who have no or limited research experience and those currently working in research delivery. All courses are designed for part time learning to fit around busy schedules.

All courses consist of theory-based online learning modules and a research practice experience module. The ‘research practice’ module helps learners to develop their skills and expertise by working on research projects alongside experienced mentors.

A number of DHSC funded bursaries for course fees will be available. Further details will be provided at the event.

Further information can be found on the Clinician Researcher Credentials Framework website. A link with more details and registration for this online event will be added to the website soon.

You can also register for updates such as event registration and application deadlines by completing this form.