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Nursing/AHP research

Welcome to the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals (NMAHP) research pages.

This part of the website is dedicated to qualified NMAHPs who would like to develop a career in research, are thinking about undertaking their own research study, or just want more information about research opportunities at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH).

NMAHP research at CUH

The Trust has a vision to “become a world-leading centre for NMAHP research and a nationally recognised leader in developing and supporting clinical academic careers for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals”.

Professor Christi Deaton, based at CUH, leads the Clinical Nursing Research Group (CNRG) at the University of Cambridge. She took up post as Florence Nightingale Professor of Clinical Nursing Research in 2013 and has led the development of the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals Research Strategy 2016-2018 (available to download below).

Together with Professor Deaton and Sara Jones, the Trust's lead research nurse, the CNRG - which is open to any NMAHPs within CUH and the University of Cambridge who are interested in developing research culture and capacity - meets regularly to oversee the implementation of the NMAHP research strategy.

The aims of the group and research strategy follow the principles of research capacity building proposed by Cooke (2005)1:

  • Ensuring research is integral to practice
  • Building skills and confidence
  • Investing in infrastructure
  • Developing linkages and collaboration
  • Developing actionable dissemination
  • Building sustainability and leadership

For more information about the group, how to join the group or about NMAHP research, please email Sara Jones at, Christi Deaton at or Annette Aylward at

1. Cooke J.  A framework to evaluate research capacity building in health care.  BMC Family Practice. 2005; 6:44. Doi: 10.1 186/1471-2296-6-44.