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This programme aims to support work that embeds research as the keystone that underpins excellent care and supports innovation. We want to create sustainable research skills, capacity, and capabilities for all health and care professionals. This includes: building relationships, collaboration with Integrated Care Boards and provider organisations, identifying good practice, and rolling out supportive, sustainable structures.


SW NHSE/NIHR Integrated Clinical and Practitioner Academic (ICA) Awards

Application deadline: 12:00 noon, Tuesday 21 May 2024
The application window for the Spring 2024 award round is now open. These awards provide short-term support for those in the South West aspiring to develop a clinical academic career and apply for national awards. 
If you have any questions, please contact the SW NHSE/NIHR ICA Awards programme team at  

New event: Developing and celebrating a research skilled workforce 2024

Tuesday 25 June 2024  |  Online
This conference will allow health and social care staff working in South West England to share and celebrate progress addressing some of the reported barriers to research activity.
Co-produced with South West regional research champions.
Female doctors talking to a smiling female child.
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Dental students in Phantom Head room in Portland Square.

Who is the project for?

The workforce that is being referred to includes registered health, social care, and scientific professions.
This includes:
Allied health professionals (AHPs)*  
Dental carers (dental care nurses, dental technicians, dental hygienists)
Public health professionals  
Healthcare scientists 
Medical associate professionals (MAPs)  
Nurse associates  
Registered psychological professionals and psychology practitioners 
Social workers
Clinical researcher practitioners.
*The allied health professions include:
Art therapists 
Drama therapists 
Music therapists 
Occupational therapists 
Operating department practitioners 
Prosthetists and orthotists 
Speech and language therapists.

How can I get involved?

  • Share with us any examples of good practice in how you are engaging in research activity where you work.
  • Contact us if you would like to keep in touch about future events and opportunities:

Project team


With thanks to our partners