When starting out in research it’s really important to get help. Getting on to the right path, with the right research question with the right support, really does matter.
- Contacting your local university is a good place to start: it may be able to support you through formal education routes, such as MRes Clinical Research degrees, internships or PhDs.
- Within your organisation you may have a Research and Development department which could guide you.
- The Council for Allied Health Professions Research is there to support the research activity and your local hub may be able to guide you.
- The Research Design Service is funded by the National Institute for Health Research to provide design and methodological support to health and social care researchers.
- Good Clinical Practice is a set of internationally recognised ethical and scientific quality requirements that must be followed when designing, conducting, recording and reporting clinical trials that involve people: GCP training is a key requirement for anyone involved in the conduct of clinical research.
- Involving patients and the public (PPI) is vital in recognising the research priorities in your field of interest. Patients and the public may be involved in consultation and collaboration with your research, or they may be leading and controlling the research. Involve is an organisation funded by the National Institute for Health Research to support public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research.
- The Equator Network offers guidelines useful for a range of methodologies and for designing, writing and publishing health research.
- If you work for, or are on a placement with, the NHS you can join the Athens Library which gives you access to a wide range of electronic resources, e-journals,e-books and databases including Medline, CINAHL, PsycINFO and Embase.
Also your professional body provides a range of resources and services to support members in their research and development activity.