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Developing a research skilled workforce

20 January 2023

Our regional strategic research workforce capacity and capability plan on a page for 2023-2026 has been published and is now available to view. This co-produced document focuses on the education, training and development of a research skilled workforce, such as registered health, social care and scientific professionals in the south west.

Co-produced with a multi-professional task and finish group established in 2021, the plan allows us to take a collective and collaborative approach to embed research as the keystone that underpins excellent care and support innovation.

Group meetings held to produce the document were well attended with representation from different professions, settings and perspectives. This allowed the production of a vision statement to define what a research skilled workforce is in relation to being research-aware, research-active and research leaders.

Behind the plan on a page is a framework to guide the implementation of six key aims that will support the right actions by the right people in the right places to:

  • Invest in and nurture our workforce     
  • Improve access and equity         
  • Lead by example            
  • Support south west research priorities 
  • Grow our influence       
  • Create a thriving research culture

Each aim has supporting objectives, activities and a description of what success will look like.

We are looking forward to launching the strategy and taking the next steps to implement it, building on the momentum and collaborative relationships fostered over the past two years. The University of Plymouth will be working with us as our regional partner to support the implementation of the strategy in 2023-24.  

For more information contact Carrie Biddle, Regional Head of Allied Health Professions, HEE (south west).