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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:


NAHP Mentorship Programme


We are delighted to welcome you to join the SCTS Nursing and Allied Health Professional  


The MENTORSHIP PROGRAMME is specifically aimed at Nursing and Allied Health Professionals who are interested in or are already undertaking research activities.

This is a new initiative that will provide SCTS members with access to a research mentorship network to facilitate development of high-quality cardiothoracic nursing and allied health professional research. The programme will be tailored to the needs of the individual whether it be simply support with getting started in research to  progression and development of a clinical academic career.

As part of this programme, you will be linked to an appropriate mentor and you will be provided with essential resources to enable you to excel in your research journey.

The mentorship programme will last 6 months, and you will be expected to have at least 4 interactions with your mentor during this time (virtually or face to face). You will also be expected to attend a series of group lunchtime/evening workshops (maximum of 3 for the duration of the programme lasting for approximately 1 hour each). Your acceptance means a commitment to attend these. Failure to do this may jeopardise your place in the programme.

If you would like to be considered for this programme, please complete the form below and return to and

Closing date for the application is 30th April 2023. This programme is only open to SCTS members. If you are not a member, please join us. The membership form can be accessed via the following link: Research & Audit | SCTS

NAHP Mentorship Application Form


NARG Membership Form

We are delighted to welcome you to join the SCTS Nursing and Allied Health Professional Research Group (NARG). Please complete the form below

All the information you provide will be published on SCTS NARG webpages, apart from your job title, whether you are interested in receiving mentorship, and your email address unless you are happy to be contacted directly. We will also use the information to administer your membership, which includes activities such as contacting you regarding mentorship opportunities, distributing information about the group’s activities, research collaboration and network opportunities.  If at any point you would like to have your profile amended, removed and/or end your membership of, please contact For more information, including on your rights, please see

Although it is not mandatory, we would encourage you to please also include/attach a high- resolution profile picture with your submission.