Support your regional research network

The national physiotherapy research network (NPRN) is appealing for people to act as facilitators of the proposed local 'hubs'. Frontline explains what's involved

Frontline recently revealed the 'champions' who will lead physiotherapy research at grass-roots level. The four, all professors of physiotherapy at UK universities, will drive the first phase of the CSP's research and clinical effectiveness strategy and will lead the development of the NPRN. The next stage will be the development of regional research 'hubs', which ideally will be closely allied to a local university. It is hoped these will bring together academics, clinicians, managers and other healthcare professionals who are interested in furthering physiotherapy and physiotherapy-related research. The aim is to facilitate strong research activity that is viable and relevant to patients' needs. Their role will be to:
  • use the expertise within the regional hub to offer peer support and peer review for novice researchers in order to aid their development as principal investigatorsĀ 
  • help the development of locally appropriate and robust research questions
  • advise on methods and analysis strategies
  • offer peer review support to novice authors
  • increase the awareness of evidence-based practice and facilitate its use
  • encourage the development of research capability and capacity
  • feed back to the NPRN on issues arising on a regional basis inform the research priority debate
  • undertake a local learning needs analysis in relation to research expertise
  • engage extensively with physiotherapy managers and other individuals who are influential in establishing strong research cultures.
Individuals who are working in research-positive environments are wanted to join the NPRN and act as facilitators of the local hubs. However, with the first network group meeting to be held in April, anyone interested will have to act quickly - the closing date for applications is March 7. Ideally, applicants should be enthusiastic advocates of research activities and keen to support the growth of research activity within healthcare in order to underpin best practice. They should also be working at postdoctoral level or able to demonstrate comparable research experience; based in a higher education institute (HEI) or department that is enthusiastic about supporting the hosting of a research hub; have experience of facilitating group activities; good links with clinicians, clinical managers and other HEI staff; and have excellent communication, organisational, 'people' and teamworking skills. If you are interested in joining in this exciting new development, please send your full CV and a letter of application to: Professor Ann Moore, Chair of the National Physiotherapy Research Network Core Executive, Clinical Research Centre for Health Professions, Aldro Building, University of Brighton, 49 Darley Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN20 7UR If you need any further information about this opportunity, please contact Jill Higgins, director of CSP learning and development. Tel: 0207 306 6607, email: Alternatively, contact Ann Moore, chair of the core executive group. Tel: 01273 643766, email:

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