Leicester’s Clinical Research Facility has welcomed its first ever student nurse for a pilot four-week work placement as part of a collaboration with the University of Leicester.
Jamie Percy-Roberts (pictured here on the right), a 3rd year dual field nursing student at the University of Leicester, spent 4 weeks shadowing staff and gaining valuable clinical experience of working within cutting edge medical research facilities. Jamie also consulted on a new student handbook design which will be given to those who complete the placement and others like it in the future.
The pilot was park of a UKCRF network initiative to promote ongoing collaboration with universities linked to the NHS trusts in the network as part of its Training and Development group. This also includes the creation of a new UKCRF student handbook.
The placement was overseen by NIHR Leicester’s CRF Training and Development Lead, Rachael Phillips (pictured here on the left). Speaking about the creation of the placement she commented:
“I wanted to create a research placement here at Leicester that would be valuable and interesting for student nurses, but which also tested some of the resources so we could make improvements and adaptations.
“We knew from the University that Jamie was keen to do have his elective in research. After discussing it with him and the University, we agreed to have a mutual beneficial ‘pilot’ placement in which both Jamie and our team would evaluate and critique the resources and opportunities in the placement.”
The result was the basis for a clinically involving 4-week placement, with supplementary learning and with a first draft of a workbook that will be adaptable to different areas.
Reflecting on the placement Jamie was keen to stress how impactful the experience has been and the challenges of getting experience as a student nurse in a research setting:
“It has been invaluable! Research builds the very foundation of healthcare practice, and it has been great to get firsthand experience in this facility.
“Students really struggle to find opportunities which help them get involved. It’s fantastic to see that research institutions like the NIHR Leicester Clinical Research Facility notice these barriers and share my passion of getting students like me into research.”
By creating opportunities and working towards mutual goals of development and integrating a strong link into research – we shape the next generation of the workforce for the future.