The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration Kent, Surrey and Sussex (ARC KSS) has been accepting applications from individuals, employed by a health or social care organisation in Kent, Surrey and Sussex, looking to develop their research ideas.

The Springboard Individual Development Awards - supported by funding from Health Education England (HEE) South East - provides applicants with the financial support to build their research skills and take their ideas and projects forward.

In the latest round of awards, six individuals - from across range of different health and care providers - have been selected to take part in the six-month Springboard programme, starting this July.

The awardees are:

  • Dr Athena Duffy, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust.
  • Dr Carolina Goncalves, Physiotherapist, University Hospital Sussex NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Chris Horler, Advanced Practitioner Physiotherapist, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Rebecca Julier, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Sussex Community Foundation Trust.
  • Dr Jihad Malasi, GP, Whitstable Medical Practice.
  • Dr Oluwatoyin Sorinmade, Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry, Kent and Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust.

Click here for a full list of awardees. 

Professor Sally Kendall, ARC KSS Career Development Lead, said:
“We are delighted to announce this second cohort of Springboard awards through the individual development award scheme.  All the applications we received were of outstanding quality.

"Projects chosen reflect the diverse range of people that live in our region and demonstrate the potential to influence and improve people's quality of life.

“We will continue to support individuals who are at the early stages of their research journey, in particular, those who struggle to find the time to develop their research ideas because of time constraints. We will do this by providing applicants with a bespoke programme of support and an academic and/ or health or social care professional mentor."

If you are interested in applying for a Springboard award the next deadline for applications is 5pm, 16 September.  Details here.

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