A new doctoral training program will train future health professionals


Future healthcare professionals working in mental health and neuroscience will be trained in a new doctoral training program (DTP) thanks to a multi-million award from Wellcome.

Led by the University of Nottingham, the new DTP is a collaboration between the universities of Nottingham, Leicester, Birmingham and Warwick.

Wellcome has awarded more than £ 7.24million to the University of Nottingham to establish the Midlands Mental Health and Neuroscience Doctoral Program for Healthcare Professionals, which will begin its training program in October 2022. The Partnership Unique will lead the innovative multidisciplinary training center that will develop the next generation of NHS research leaders across the workforce.

The center will also be supported by a number of NHS Trusts in the Midlands, including: Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust; Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust for Women and Children; Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust; Leicester University Hospitals NHS Trust; Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust; Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundations Trust and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Through 25 PhD scholarships focused on Mental Health (SM) and Neuroscience (N), students will have the opportunity to research a ‘topic’ representing lifespan (children, youth and perinatal MS; joint MS; severe MS ; dementia; and health comorbidity with MS), using specific bio-psycho-social approaches.

Mentors specific to the healthcare profession will ensure academics stay connected to their core professional groups. Fellows will leave the program as well-rounded clinician-academics with a high level of research acumen in HD&N and enhanced communication and leadership skills.

Professor Roshan das Nair of the University of Nottingham School of Medicine and the Institute of Mental Health is the director of the center. He said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won this award, which is a huge achievement for our four universities and the NHS Trusts we work with, and a testament to teamwork. Our doctoral training program will advance the mental health and neuroscience research we conduct here in the Midlands.

“This award will allow us to share the excellent resources we have between partner universities and the NHS Trusts to develop the next generation of multidisciplinary clinical academics in mental health and neuroscience, and support their research. Our doctoral training program will create an ambitious Midlands-based, internationally connected clinical-academic ecosystem. Through our collaborations, we hope to address the main contemporary mental health challenges facing our societies. “

Professor Matthew Broome, Director of the Institute for Mental Health at the University of Birmingham, said: “Our population in the Midlands suffers from significant health inequalities, with high rates of mental health problems. This training center is a huge opportunity to address these challenges, increase our research capacity in mental health and neuroscience, and develop a diverse group of clinical academics from a wide range of professional groups, including healthcare. nurses, social work, occupational therapy, pharmacy, medicine. , and psychology.

Notes to editor:

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  • The University of Birmingham is ranked among the top 100 institutions in the world. His work brings people from all over the world to Birmingham, including researchers, teachers and more than 6,500 international students from over 150 countries.
  • The University of Nottingham is a research-intensive university with a proud heritage. Studying at the University of Nottingham is a life changing experience, and we pride ourselves on unleashing the potential of our students. We have a pioneering spirit, expressed in the vision of our founder Sir Jesse Boot, which has enabled us to lead the way in establishing campuses in China and Malaysia – part of a connected global network of education, research and industrial commitment. Ranked 103rd out of more than 1,000 institutions worldwide and 18th in the UK by QS World University Rankings 2022, the university’s state-of-the-art facilities and its inclusive and disabled sports offering are reflected in its crown as The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide Sports University of the Year twice in three years, most recently in 2021. We are ranked eighth for UK research power according to REF 2014. We have six flagship research excellence that help transform lives and change the world; we are also a major employer and industrial partner – locally and globally. Along with Nottingham Trent University, we are leading the Universities for Nottingham initiative, a pioneering collaboration that brings together the combined strength and civic missions of Nottingham’s two world-class universities and works with local communities and partners to help recovery and renewal after the COVID-19 pandemic.


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