Virtual Event (via Zoom)
In order to address 21st century public health and care challenges, it is crucial to develop, support and inspire the next generation of researchers and joint practitioner academics from a wide range of professional backgrounds, disciplines and skill sets. We want to support and strengthen research capacity and academic career development, highlighting the importance of effective partnerships and co-produced research between academia and local authorities; to ensure that the questions addressed are relevant and meaningful, provide actionable evidence and are better able to inform public health/social care practice and policy; benefiting people and communities.
The NIHR Academy want to attract and inspire people to consider and develop careers combining academic research with practice; through a pilot programme of fellowship schemes and short placement awards/taster opportunities. The Local Authority Academic Fellowship (LAAF) Programme has been designed with this in mind, to support individuals based within local authority settings to develop as joint practitioners and health/social care researchers whilst retaining their existing employment and salary.
We will also be piloting a new NIHR Local Authority Short Placement Award for Research Collaboration (LA SPARC) scheme for individuals based in local authority/local authority commissioned services and NIHR Academy members (based in NIHR Infrastructure and NIHR Schools) in September 2021. Funding will be available for individuals to design and undertake short placements/taster opportunities to move between academia and local authorities in either direction. The aim of the scheme will be for individuals to advance their careers by developing their skills, knowledge and expertise to work at this interface between local authorities and
What does the event involve?
- Find out more about the research training awards and career development opportunities that are available to people working in and in partnership with local authority/local authority commissioned services (in particular the upcoming NIHR LA SPARC scheme, due to launch in September 2021)
- Hear from a Public Health Practitioner-Academic about their career journey and how they developed and are continuing to develop their practitioner academic career
Hear from a recent Pre-Doctoral Local Authority Fellowship (PLAF) award holder about their career, why they applied and what they will be doing during their fellowship
View draft programme here
Who’s is the event aimed at?
- Individuals working in Local Authorities/Local Authority Commissioned Services
- Individuals working in NIHR who want to or already partner with Local Authorities/Local Authority Commissioned Service.
How do I attend/register for the event?
Please complete the online Registration Form before 1pm on Friday 16th July 2021