Date of release: Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Professor Ian SwaineHealth professionals wishing to enhance their careers by starting academic research can take advantage of a prestigious internship programme being run at the University of Greenwich.

The university has received £50,000 funding to provide research training for local practitioners across Kent, Surrey and Sussex. In what is likely to be a highly competitive process, up to eight ambitious professionals can apply to join the Integrated Clinical Academic Programme, which runs for one year from September.

The funding is provided by the National Institute of Health Research and Health Education England. Successful interns will be offered a bespoke programme at the university where they can learn how to launch, and develop, research careers. There will be classes, lectures and practical sessions on topics including data analysis, accessing literature and the theory of research.

Professor Ian Swaine, Head of Sports Science with the university's Faculty of Engineering & Science, is leading the scheme for Greenwich. He says there will be benefits on all sides. "By giving health professionals the best of our expertise and guidance, and the opportunity to learn new skills, we are also helping to develop research capability across the regions, which in turn will lead to enhanced patient care," he says.

"The university is becoming a growing force in applied clinical research work, and those who are selected for the scheme will be learning from some top people in their fields. It will be an enriching experience and one that will hold our interns in very good stead for the rest of their careers."

Health practitioners who can apply for the scheme include physiotherapists, occupational therapists, midwives, dietitians, podiatrists and speech and language therapists.

Interns are also awarded funding to help towards tuition fees and other costs.

For more details on the programme and on how to apply: http://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding/nihr-hee-ica-programme.htm

To find out about studying at the University of Greenwich's Faculty of Engineering & Science: http://www.gre.ac.uk/engsci

For more on the university's Centre for Science and Medicine in Sport and Exercise: http://www.gre.ac.uk/engsci/research/groups/csmse

Professor Ian Swaine's blog: http://www.ianswaine.co.uk/

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Picture: Professor Ian Swaine at the university's Medway Campus.