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the health and care environment for research.

NHS R&D Forum Groups

Learning & Development Group

The purpose of the group is to bring together experienced individuals from across the NHS and health care R&D to develop a learning and development programme that meets the learning needs of the Forum community as a professional group.

A smaller oversight group meets via teleconference to progress the programme, prioritise the development of new courses and other training resources and oversee the selection of course leaders and trainers.

Advising the wider Forum, the group also represents members of the community to national policy makers and stakeholders on issues of learning and development.

Contact the Group

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Group Chair:

Carolyn Maloney

Carolyn is the R&I Director of Operations at Leicester’s Hospitals and has been working in research management for over 20 years. She has a reputation for her no nonsense, pragmatic and proportionate approach. Carolyn has a keen interest in helping individuals to develop psychological safety and to promote civility and respect in all aspects of the research management process.

Group Members:

TBA – Group membership is under review and this page will be updated when this is confirmed.

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  • Lead new work related to the themes, in their specific areas of interest.
  • Create resources where there are gaps
  • Influence partners & invited stakeholders. Discuss their work, ask for opinions and shape policy.
  • Share expertise and gather intelligence from and for the community
  • Horizon scan for what is of interest to the community. Horizon scanning and conducting community surveys
  • Develop consultation responses
  • Act as a point of reference & contact for the members with questions or peer review
  • Feed into general Forum training, conference and events programmes.
  • Champion the NHS R&D Forum and our community.
  • Speak for and represent the research management, support and leadership community.
  • Drive the Forum forward and provide leadership
  • Strategically, proposing Forum content, providing leadership and ensuring oversight of outputs
  • As a point of contact, providing peer support to colleagues
  • As a Task and finish, producing outputs and resources
  • As a space to work out loud, sharing experience and connecting with colleagues.