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Research & Audit


The vision of the SCTS NAHP research sub-committee is to encourage, promote and assist in the development of nursing and allied professional clinical academic career and research opportunities in cardiothoracic surgery in the UK.

This is particularly important in areas that impact clinical practice, patient and staff well-being and have the potential to influence policy. 

For SCTS members, we provide:

  • A dedicated research group called the SCTS NARG (Nursing and Allied health professional Research Group), a group of nurses and AHPs who are interested in cardiothoracic research, at any level. The aim is to provide the opportunity to network, seek and offer research support, and to facilitate research collaborations.
  • A SCTS Forum Research Support Directory. The directory includes SCTS NARG members, and others, who are willing to provide research support/mentorship/supervision to other SCTS Forum members
  • Provide an expanding online research resource library, including relevant funding calls and MSc and PhD opportunities
  • Provide details of and report on research events hosted by the SCTS or other affiliated associations.

To join the SCTS and access any of the research resources highlighted above or join NARG, please login OR If you are not yet a member and wish to join the SCTS to access these resources, please register to join here



Research Newsletters and Bulletins

RCN Research and Innovation Bulletin:

The Researcher: A digital publication, created for early career researchers by early career researchers aims to raise awareness of research careers among nurses, midwives and allied Health professionals:


Post Graduate Training

MSc courses:

Post-graduate research training opportunities:

HEE/NIHR Clinical Doctorate Research Fellowships:

PhD opportunities:


Funding Opportunities

HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme for Non-medical Health Professionals: The Health Education England (HEE) and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) Programme provides personal research training awards for healthcare professionals (excluding doctors and dentists) who wish to develop careers that combine clinical research and research leadership with continued clinical practice and clinical development:

Internship programme:

Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowships:

Clinical Doctorate Research Fellowships:

Clinical Lectureship:

Senior Clinical Lectureship:


Project grants

BHF: Project grants, special project grants and clinical study grants are open to nurses and AHPs:

Burdett Trust for Nursing:

General Nursing Council for England and Wales Trust: Research grants

Websites with a variety of grant opportunities (Fellowships, project grants, travel scholarships etc)

RCN Research and Innovation: A range of opportunities are highlighted on this webpage including research projects, attending a conference, post-registration course fees including studentships and fellowships:

Research Professional: Includes a database of research funding opportunities. Access the sign-in page at:


Other Resources

Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP):!casp-tools-checklists/c18f8 A registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants:

European Society Intensive Care Medicine – Nursing and AHPs:

RCN Research and Innovation: information and resources for those looking to use or develop research to enhance their practice: This webpage includes access to the RCN Research Society: