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£73,000 of professional development grants are being awarded to Oxford’s nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and research practitioners to develop skills that will support them to research new and improved ways of delivering healthcare to patients and service users.

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The 26 grants are part of an Oxford Academic Health Partners (OAHP) Research Development Awards Scheme for healthcare sector professionals who are typically underserved by funded development opportunities in clinical research.

Commenting on the scheme, which is the first to be run by the partnership, Professor Keith Channon, OAHP Director, said, “This highly competitive awards scheme is supporting nurses, midwives and allied health professionals across OAHP who aspire to develop and lead evidence-based quality improvement projects in their speciality, so they can acquire the research skills and expertise to drive forward innovation in our NHS services.”

The awardees from the University of Oxford / Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are: 

  • Liliana Cristina Da Silva Rodrigues – Cardiovascular Research Nurse
  • Mary Lucas – Research Coordinator, Nuffield Department of Medicine
  • Sarah Brown – Programme Implementation Manager NIHR ARC OxTV and Orthoptist, OUH
  • Injung Jang – Research Practitioner OCMR, Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Jahnavi Seema – Clinical Trials Administrative Assistant, Gastroenterology
  • Layla Lavalee – Research Midwife
  • Lizzie Stafford – Clinical Research Nurse Manager
  • Eileen Hughes – Clinical Research Nurse
  • Abigail Platt – Clinical Research Nurse, Jenner Institute


Read the full story on the Oxford Academic Health Partners

Details of all the awardees