Embedding research (ER) led by nurses, midwives and allied health professionals (NMAHPs): The NMAHP-ER model

Claire Louise Whitehouse, Linda Tinkler, Carolyn Jackson, Helen Hall, Jonathan Webster, Sally Hardy, Jacky Copping, Paul Morris, Kim Manley

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Background: Previous embedded researcher models have focused predominantly on an individual being a temporary team member and embedded for a project-limited short-term placement.

Aim: To develop an innovative research capacity building model to address the challenges of developing, embedding and sustaining, research led by Nurses, Midwives, and Allied Health Professionals (NMAHPs) in complex clinical environments. This healthcare and academic research partnership model offers an opportunity to support the € how' of enabling NMAHP research capacity building from within the researchers' clinical area of expertise.

Method: Collaboration between three healthcare and academic organisations and the iterative process of cocreation, development and refinement took place over 6 months during 2021. The collaboration relied on virtual meetings, emails, telephone calls and document review.

Results: A codesigned NMAHP embedded research (ER) model is ready for trialling with the individual being an existing clinician working collaboratively within the healthcare setting and with academia to develop the skills to become the ER.

Conclusion: This model supports NMAHP-led research activity in clinical organisations in a visible and manageable way. As a shared, long-term vision, the model will contribute to research capacity and capability of the wider healthcare workforce. It will lead, facilitate and support research in and across clinical organisations in collaboration with higher education institutions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-326
Number of pages4
JournalBMJ Leader
Issue number4
Early online date22 Apr 2022
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022


  • capability
  • capacity
  • career development
  • research

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