Current research opportunities:

The Research Scholars Programme is aimed at research-interested individuals who may or may not have NIHR clinical research experience already.

We are encouraging applications from the whole cross section of clinical staffing roles including doctors, nurse’s pharmacists, radiographers, occupational therapists, physiologists, physiotherapists, radiotherapists and biomedical scientists. The Programme is an interactive developmental programme aimed at equipping tomorrow's clinical research leaders with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to become the Principal and Chief Investigators of the future. 

Successful candidates receive funding (half funded by the CRN NWC award and the other half 'match' funded by the applicants employer) to cover one full day per week as dedicated time for research.  Scholars commit to attending a day per month at the CRN NWC offices in Liverpool for an exciting programme of face-to-face sessions.


The Research Scholars Programme offers the following benefits:

  • Protected and funded time to enable you to support and deliver NIHR Funded research within your service
  • A development pathway towards becoming a Principal or Chief investigator
  • Full support from CRN NWC & your employer
  • Support & guidance from being matched with a mentor who is an experienced Principal or Chief Investigator

Am I eligible to apply?

  • The Research Scholars Programme is an initiative to develop early career researchers. In order to be eligible for the Programme you should be:
  • New Consultants or General Practitioners within the last 5 years of taking up their post
  • Nurses (usually Band 7 or above)
  • Allied Health Professionals (usually Band 7 or above)

For more in depth information about the programme and to request an application pack, please email Applications will be accepted until Monday 6 September 2021 and interviews will be held on Thursday 21 October and Friday 22 October 2021.   

Following a highly successful first and second phase which saw over 112,000 participants, researchers from Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust are launching the third phase of their global study into the psychological impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and changing restrictions. The study is linked to the Medical Research Council global health research programme led by the Portsmouth-Brawijaya Centre for Global Health, Population, and Policy, University of Portsmouth.

Phase one results gave valuable insights into how different people, genders and communities were coping with the global pandemic and the third phase enables more people to take part and ensures an even greater range and comparison between the three phases. You can take part by completing the short questionnaire exploring the psychological impact of the coronavirus and changing restrictions, their effect on our emotions, behaviour and wellbeing.  The aim of the survey is to better understand how coronavirus and the impact that changing restrictions are having on our day to day lives, what is helpful and what may be causing some people to be affected more than others in terms of their wellbeing.

The survey is open to anyone over the age of 16 and able to complete the online questionnaire. If you completed the survey in previous phases, you can take it again this time as it is important to understand how people have adapted and changed. We would encourage everyone, including staff, patients, friends and family to take part.

The survey takes around 10 minutes to complete and you can take it directly here

Please ensure you select Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust when asked where you heard about the survey.