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Research studentship awards for Trust trio

Congratulations to two nurses and a midwife from the Trust, who have won three out of only ten studentships on a new national programme being launched this month. The successful applicants for the Master of Clinical Research (MClin Res) awards are Peter Birkett, Alison Cooke and Susan Perrin. The awards are for places on the full and part-time Master of Research programme at The University of Manchester School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work. Jointly funded and supported by the National Institute for Health Research and the Chief Nursing Officer, the awards cover course fees, salary replacement costs to employers and some travel costs. Physiology graduate Peter Birkett has worked in the MRI ITU for two years, after training as a nurse in Birmingham and then working in critical care roles in Durham and Darlington. At the MRI, he is a link nurse for the largest ever trial looking at oscillatory ventilation. Peter helps train staff on the new ventilator and assists in screening and collecting data from potential candidates. As a nutrition link nurse he is also involved in monthly audits and staff training. Through the MClin Res course he hopes to gain the skills and knowledge to become a research nurse, and he will carry out a study on critical care readmission rates and which patients have a greater risk of returning to ITU. Qualifying as a midwife in 2006, Alison Cooke has been a Team Midwife at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust since 2007, caring for women at home, in the GP surgery or in hospital, during pregnancy, childbirth and the immediate postnatal period. She combines two days a week of clinical practice with three days as a research midwife at Saint Mary's, working with Professor of Midwifery Tina Lavender. In her research role, Alison is investigating issues facing older mothers and is recruiting patients to a study on this subject as part of the MClin Res programme. She has also submitted papers to the British Journal of Midwifery and BJOG (the International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology). Alison hopes eventually to pursue a career in research as she has many ideas about improvements that can be made in maternity care. Susan Perrin has worked in Renal Services since 1982, beginning as a State Enrolled Nurse and converting to Registered General Nurse in 1990. With experience in all areas of renal nursing, she has spent the last 14 years in the management of renal anaemia. Susan has researched and presented various papers covering many areas of renal care, from Advanced Directives to anaemia following renal transplantation. She completed a part time BA (Hons) in Health Studies in 2000, but has been less active academically since having twins. She is looking forward to getting to grips with research that will help improve the patient experience in the management of their anaemia. Visit http://www.nursing.manchester.ac.uk/ for more information about research and training opportunities for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.