Maintaining Momentum - From Doctoral to Postdoctoral Research: A Workshop for Nurses, Midwives, Allied Health Professionals & Their Managers

An event for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals, helping them to continue with research after finishing their doctorate.


Maintaining Momentum will take place on Thursday 20th April 2023. Registration is open on EventBrite.

What is it?

Nurses, midwives and allied health professionals (NMAHPs) with doctorates often find themselves back in full-time clinical practice following their degree with no dedicated time for research. This free to attend, one-day event aims to provide advice and help for NMAHPs and their managers on managing the transition from doctoral to post-doctoral research. It is hosted by NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) South Central.

The event comprises a series of presentations, a Q&A panel and optional one-to-one sessions. Space will be provided for optional poster presentations so that attendees can share their doctoral and other research work.

Who should attend?

Maintaining Momentum is aimed at:

  • Nurses, midwives or allied health professionals (NMAHPs) currently undertaking doctoral studies and who are interested in continuing with research after the doctorate ends
  • NMAHPs who already holding a doctorate and are interested in pursuing research, but are struggling to find the time to do this
  • Managers who are interested in encouraging NMAHPs to undertake research, but who find it difficult to know how to grow and embed research

What is covered on the course?

Speakers will cover the following areas:

  • Working With Your Manager to Further Develop & Embed Research within Your Department: What You & Your Manager Can Do
  • An Overview of the Research Ecosystem
  • From Doctoral to Post-doctoral to Independent Researcher: Building Your Academic Credentials through Publication, Grants, Networking, Collaboration & Team Building
  • Developing NMAHPS: Mentorship and Capacity Development
  • HEE-NIHR Integrated Academic and NIHR Academic Fellowship Programmes
  • NIHR Research for Patient Benefit & Research for Social Care schemes
  • Charitable and Other Funding (including small grants)
  • Research Funding Applications: Writing Tips
  • Training and Development Plans

Where is it held?

Presentations will be delivered in-person from Southampton. There will also be a number of “satellite” venues where attendees meet together to watch the presentations being livestreamed. Satellites will be facilitated by RDS advisers. All venues will give attendees the opportunity to network, share poster presentations on current research and have 1:1 sessions with RDS advisers to discuss next steps. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Venues will be available at:

  • The University of Southampton (this is where the speakers will be)
  • The University of Portsmouth (satellite)
  • The University of Oxford (satellite)

Availability / Eligibility

Places at this event are limited. It is being hosted by the RDS South Central, so priority will be given to researchers from the south central region (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Oxfordshire). Researchers from outside the region may apply, but we can only offer you a place if there is a surplus (sorry about that).

The number of poster boards at each satellite may be limited. Poster boards will be offered on a first come first served basis.