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MFT NMAHP Case Studies 2018


Other award: Aileen Aherne

1. Wythenshawe Hospital 6. Royal Manchester Children's Hospital
2. Withington Community Hospital 7. Manchester Royal Infirmary
3. University Dental Hospital of Manchester 8. Manchester Royal Eye Hospital
4. Trafford General Hospital 9. Community Services
5. Saint Mary's Hospital

10. Altrincham Hospital



Collaboration For Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) Research Internship

Dore Young


Highly Specialised Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, The Vallance Centre, Ardwick

Dore's Internship focused on the 'Psychologically informed management of low back pain and evaluation of physiotherapists attitudes and beliefs.' Her work highlighted a number of learning needs and barriers to effective implementation. Dore is looking to continue study in this area at PhD level.

Dore said one of the main benefits of the Internship was 'having a support network of like-minded enthusiasts which was a real inspiration'. This has consolidated her passion for research and a clinical academic career.


Collaboration For Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) internship and Master of Research

Ellen Martinez


Falls Specialist Occupational Therapist Community Services

Ellen completed a CLAHRC internship in 2015/16 which included a project on the feasibility of smartphone technology in falls rehabilitation, involving older people and falls service practitioners in the design process.

Ellen has now successfully secured a place on the Masters of Research at University of Manchester fully funded by CLAHRC Greater Manchester with 2 days backfill. Ellen said 'I was honoured to be selected for this funding and plan to explore how we can reduce falls in patients living with dementia. It is also an excellent opportunity to strengthen the Trust's links with the University'.


Florence Nightingale Foundation Research Scholarship 2017-18

Aileen Aherne


Jaundice Clinical Nurse Specialist, MRI

Aileen has been successful in obtaining a Florence Nightingale Foundation Research Scholarship 2017-18 which is funding her MSc Nursing Practice dissertation at the University of Salford into 'quality of life of patient who have had resected klatskin tumours'. Having recently attended a research study day Aileen became aware of the Foundation. Aileen said 'I'm really overwhelmed that such a prestigious foundation would sponsor me and this now allows me to complete my Masters study.' The Florence Nightingale Foundation have also offered support and advice regarding publication and conference presentation'.


Clinical Scholarship Scheme and NIHR MRes

Miriam Avery


Staff Nurse (RMN), Royal Manchester Children's Hospital

Miriam Avery qualified with a first-class degree in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing from The University of Manchester in 2013. Miriam joined the RMCH as a Band 5 Children's mental health nurse, working at Galaxy House inpatient unit. Miriam had been interested in research since the beginning of her time as an undergraduate, and with the support of her former academic advisor and her ward manager, she gained a place on The University of Manchester's Clinical Scholarship Scheme in 2014 (this was the precursor to the HEE/NIHR research internship scheme).

Miriam's interest at this stage involved developing a program of therapeutic group activity on the ward, with the aims of improving young people's experiences of inpatient admission by providing a more varied range of therapeutic activity on the ward and a dedicated space for staff and young people to work towards therapeutic aims in a group setting, e.g. engagement in positive socialisation, enhancement of skills which promote mental wellbeing, development of positive means of expression. During her time on the Clinical Scholarship, she was able to complete a literature review which explored the evidence base for creative activities and therapies as part of inpatient child and adolescent mental health treatment. Subsequently, a group therapeutic timetable has been successfully implemented at Galaxy House, as well as a music group. With support from her former tutors at the University of Manchester, Miriam was able to publish an article about Borderline Personality Disorder in Mental Health Practice in 2015.

Miriam was subsequently supported by both clinical and academic mentors to gain a place on the NIHR/HEE MRes, starting in 2015 and - following an interruption mid-way to spend time exploring some of her research interests in India - is now due to complete in 2018. As part of her dissertation requirement, Miriam is carrying out a small exploratory qualitative study focused on improving knowledge about the treatment of a rare and vastly under-researched young person's mental health disorder known as Pervasive Arousal Withdrawal Syndrome, or PAWS. Miriam is now preparing to apply for a MFT Pre-doctoral training fellowship or a HEE/NIHR Pre-doctoral training scheme award, with the aim of applying for a NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship. If successful in her application for the pre-doctoral award, Miriam plans to use this to expand upon the work she has begun as part of her MRes, and complete related feasibility and PPI work to support a PhD application, as well as publishing the results of her MRes project.


NIHR Clinical Academic Doctoral Fellow

Samantha Jones


Major Trauma Service, Royal Manchester Children's Hospital

I started life at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital (RMCH) as a physiotherapist in 2010, two years later I attained a position as a Major Trauma Co-ordinator. Through my interest in research I engaged with NMAHP research network in the Trust. This increased my knowledge of the NMAHP research strategy and helped me to secure secondment post as a Trauma and Orthopaedic Researcher. In 2015 I fulfilled a long-term ambition to apply for a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) Doctoral Fellowship. Through the Trust's Research Fellow and my role as Major Trauma Co-ordinator I was able to connect with excellent clinical and academic supervisors. I also contacted Dr Marie Marshall (Consultant Nurse, Transition) who has previously completed a research PhD. We established a good working relationship through our mutual interest in research and roles as research champions.

My application evolved and I completed a scoping review to provide evidence to support my research question. I would often get "stuck" on the smallest question, which seemed to hinder further progress. Marie was always supportive, making time for informal ad-hoc meetings, which we would fit into working days. This provided me with the opportunity to discuss difficulties in a timely and informal manner. Marie understood the process I was going through, how much it meant to me and the challenges I faced. This support helped me to succeed in securing an NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) Doctoral Fellowship.

The fellowship is a personal training award, which funds an individualised training programme aligned with my PhD and clinical development needs. The conduct of a research study forms the basis for my PhD, and provides an exciting opportunity to answer a research question derived from my clinical practice.

I have strong collaboration with my clinical/academic supervisory team from RMCH and University of Manchester (UoM). However, all staff at MFT have been extremely supportive, and the trauma team are playing a key role in some aspects of the research  delivery. Consulting with a variety of health professionals at MFT has helped me develop range of skills I require to carry out the project. In addition to Marie, I have now linked with other clinical academics across the Trust who provide invaluable peer support.

Fellowships are equally challenging and rewarding. I intend to deliver high quality research to develop a Patient Reported Outcome Measure (PROM), which will inform clinical practice. My ambition is to progress through the NIHR Clinical Academic pathway to become a research leader.


NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) PhD Fellowship

Kylie Watson


NIHR Clinical Doctoral Fellow and Senior Midwife, St Mary's Hospital

My name is Kylie Watson and I hold a NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) PhD Fellowship. I have been a midwife for 20 years working in various areas including providing continuity of care for a caseload of women and as a co-ordinating midwife and manager on obstetric-led units. I have always had a great interest in research and in particular how it translates into clinical practice. Throughout my career I have had various small secondments into research roles which increased my desire to conduct my own midwifery focused research and to undertake a PhD.

The NIHR ICA fellowship is an incredible opportunity to undertake a full-time PhD that includes funding for salary, University fees and high calibre research training. There is also a focus on maintaining clinical skills and leadership. I am undertaking the PhD through the University of Manchester but remain employed by MFT. My study is investigating the use of wireless fetal heart rate monitoring in labour and is utilising both qualitative and quantitative methods. I hope to continue in a clinical academic midwifery role once I have finished and look forward to developing both my research career and clinical leadership to contribute to high quality care for women and their babies.