NIHR Clinical Research Network Kent, Surrey and Sussex (CRN KSS), Research Design Service South East (RDS SE) and Applied Research Collaboration Kent, Surrey and Sussex (ARC KSS) have launched a new online learning platform for early career researchers (ECRs). It is designed to prepare ECRs to undertake research within health and social care settings.
The learning resources cover three levels:
- Understanding research
- Getting involved in research
- Developing your own research
People can join the pathway at any stage depending on the individual’s level of expertise and knowledge. They should also be able to step off at any stage if they want to follow an academic pathway.
On KSS Getting Research Ready, Dr Joanne Zamani, Chief Operating Officer for CRN KSS said: “This new platform will enable health and social care professionals to learn about what a research career entails and give them hints and tips along their research journey. The project is an example of the commitment of all NIHR partners in Kent, Surrey and Sussex to developing our researchers of the future.
Understanding research provides links to information that will be helpful in understanding more about research in the UK.
Getting involved in research explores avenues to get involved in research; this may be from feeling confident in using research evidence in day-to-day practice to pursuing a career in research delivery through to delivering national and international research studies.
Developing your own research is for anyone interested in developing their own research ideas and offers the opportunity to explore an academic research career pathway or to blend a research career and training with health or social care practice.