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Providing information on the latest news from across the musculoskeletal research community and the clinical research community in Scotland more generally

News from NHS Research Scotland

Top 10 priorities for occupational therapy research in the UK

The Royal College of Occupational Therapists recently asked for feedback on identifying the top 10 research priorities for occupational therapy. Setting the research agenda and addressing the unanswered questions that matter most to people accessing and delivering occupational therapy services is an important part of their work.

Nurse and Allied Health Professionals Internship Programme with Versus Arthritis - Summer 2021

Are you interested in clinical research about Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases (RMDs)? You could qualify for an internship with Versus Arthritis if:

  • you are a final year student or have graduated within the last five years in Nursing or an Allied Health Profession (UK NMC & HCPC registerable)
  • you have a 1st or 2:1 degree (or predicted), or an equivalent academic achievement if you are a nurse

Seven international research institutions renowned for RMDs research (Universities of Southampton, Glasgow Caledonian, Keele, Leeds, Oxford, Salford, and the West of England) have collaborated to host eight interns across the UK each year. The programme provides opportunities to:

  • learn and experience how RMD research relates to your clinical practice
  • obtain first-hand experience of working with a Centre of Excellence of RMDs research via a blended approach of online and face-to-face contact (dependent on government guidelines)
  • attend actual and virtual site visits & receive supervision, evaluation and mentoring in research
  • participate in multi-professional research seminars, conferences and workshops
  • become part of a specialist network of RMD researchers and intern alumni

The programme aims to address existing deficiencies in RMDs clinical research by bringing together experts in all AHPs and Nursing to develop the next generation of RMDs researchers and clinical specialists.