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Research project: MSKInterns: Graduate Rheumatology Research Internships for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals.

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The assembled consortium has a demonstrable track record of managing rheumatology Allied Health Profession (AHP) and nurse research internships. The original Arthritis Research UK graduate internship programme was conceived in 2005 in response to the increasing clinical burden of musculoskeletal (MSK) disease, the need for advances in practice and the limited number of active AHP investigators within rheumatology. This original five year programme (grant ref: 16177), plus a two year continuation (grant ref: 18932), was run by a collaboration of three Higher Education Institutes (HEIs); Leeds (Redmond), Southampton (Bowen), and Oxford (Arden). During the period 2006-2013 ten podiatry graduates were engaged as research interns. The programme proved to be highly successful and influential; the graduates cite their experiences as a major influence on subsequent career progress and have notably provided a step change in the research capacity of the profession (Naidoo et al 2013).

This new internship programme selects AHPs (podiatrists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists) and nurses just after they qualify. Interns are supported by leading healthcare professionals based in universities that have successful clinical rheumatology research teams. Interns complete an eight-week research placement, followed by a two year off site mentorship. During their placement, interns are allocated projects that are based upon patient need, patient benefit, the promotion of patient self-management, and supporting patients to improve their lifelong musculoskeletal health. The internship scheme demonstrates a patient-centred multi-professional clinical academic model, with a clearly defined overall strategic aim of health promotion, public health awareness and education within musculoskeletal health.

Past intern quote:

"I have no doubt that such an opportunity has strongly contributed to my career progression." Intern, 2014

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To find out what our interns experience read their blogs.

Apply for an internship through the Arthritis Research UK website.

Image of interns within the research group

Associated research themes


Public Health

Nurse and Allied health professionals

Education and research

Research groups: Active Living and Rehabilitation, Active Living Technologies Cluster

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