The CArDiNAL Network
CArDiNAL is a new initiative to pilot a clinical-doctoral network to support the development of clinical academic pathways for Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals in the Yorkshire region. Hosted by the NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber, there are 4 participating universities and 5 National Health Trusts who are working together to run 7 new Clinical-Doctoral Fellowships (CDF) mostly starting this October 2018. Lord Willis of Knaresborough launched the Network in Leeds and spoke of the current lack of research nurses in the NHS, the vital role that they could play in applied research in clinical practice and welcomed the CArDiNAL Network for the new work in this area. Four of the new Fellows were there and talked about their fields of nursing study: patient support in intensive care; studying access for disabled service users; the treatment of chronic wounds, and working with patients with irritable bowel syndrome. Working with Professor Jo Cooke, Capacity Lead at the CLAHRC, the White Rose University Consortium has helped to jointly develop the network from its early inception, strategic vision, advice and guidance on good practice in doctoral training.
The new Fellows will spend their time shared between academic study at their awarding university and clinical practice at their home Trust. Time will be spent working together as a cohort, with plans being put in place for shared training, student led development, face to face meetings and peer support. The CLAHRC is working to provide an excellent environment for learning whilst also co-ordinating the governance structure to ensure the smooth operation of CArDiNAL.
The institutions involved include the White Rose Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York, plus the University of Bradford and the NHS Trusts are Doncaster & Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals, Leeds Teaching Hospital, Leeds and York Partnership York Foundation, and Bradford Teaching Hospitals.