Funded Programmes of Work

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Embedded Scholarships

The James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (JPUH) Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Profession Research and Evaluation Service (NMAHP-RES) is proud to lead this new scholarship opportunity. This scholarship programme has been developed as part of our commitment to support our large and diverse workforce to embed and lead in research, QI and evaluation excellence with patients at the core. The scholarship is designed to provide an introduction to research, evaluation and QI theory, in combination with a co-designed project which has direct links to the scholar’s area of work or practice. The scholarship programme has been funded by Norfolk Institute of Coastal and Rural Equality (NICHE) and is led by JPUH.

Executive Programme Sponsors: Mr Paul Morris, Chief Nurse, and Jacky Copping MBE, Deputy Chief Nurse, JPUH.

Programme Lead: Claire Whitehouse, Senior Nurse for NMAHP Research, JPUH, Honorary Fellow UEA/ Helen Hall, Research Grants Advisor, JPUH, Honorary Fellow UEA.

Project Team: Mehar Shiju, Research and Evaluation Associate, JPUH; Jonathan Yazbek (Head of Quality Improvement, JPUH;  Jonathan Webster, Professor of Practice Development, NICHE and Honorary Professor of NMAHP Research, JPUH.

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Graduate Programme

During 2023 The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn was awarded NICHE funding to support the pilot of a Graduate Programme. This funding supports proof of concept before wider role out of the programme across the Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care System.

The developing THIRIVE Programme is closely aligned to the following NICHE Themes:

· Achieving Workforce Development and Sustainable Transformation
· Enhanced System collaboration and transformation through Effective Partnership Working.

The programme offers an enhanced learning opportunity to develop a comprehensive skill set to manage the complexities of the working in the NHS and supports development of a dynamic culture of critical inquiry. The programme is co-designed with Dr Theresa Shaw and the QEH Education Faculty and will be delivered by experts from the QEH with contributions from Professor Sally Hardy and Professor Jonathan Webster.

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Current Fellowships

During 2023 NICHE has awarded four Embedded Fellowship grants which are focusing on two or more of our NICHE key themes.


Anca Manea, Community Learning Disabilities Nurse at the Norfolk Community Hospitals Care NHS Trust

Bonnie Teague, Head of Research at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Rene Gray, Professional Lead for Physiotherapy at the James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Alice Dean, Clinical Project Manager, Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House

Abigail Hensley, Specialist Registrar, James Paget University NHS Foundation Hospital Trust

Undertaking an NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Fellowship (EARC), funded by NICHE, to look at the difference between coastal and in-land communities experiences of end of life care.

Claire Thompson, Freelance Artist

Claire was awarded a NICHE fellowship to undertake the UEA’s MA Medical Health Humanities, focusing on how her work with isolated communities can enhance wellbeing through engaging with creative activities and local ecology. Claire will also be helping NICHE consider creative evaluation approaches to all our work packages.



Kintsugi Projects

Using the metaphor of ‘Kintsugi’ , taken from the Japanese art of melding broken pottery with gold, silver or platinum to enhance the uniqueness and value of the original piece, NICHE have funded 4 Kintsugi and 3 Mini (match-funded) Kintsugi projects. Projects are in their early stages of development and anticipate reporting on findings next year.

Each Kintsugi project focuses on developing and enhancing Embedded Research, enabling evidence-based practice, alongside workforce capacity and capability for sustained levels of Service Improvement Evaluation.

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Developing an intervention to support the retention of health and social care professionals in Norfolk – School of Social Work, UEA.
Evaluating the Impact and Effectiveness of Structure, Process and Outcomes of the Take a Chance on me Programme – Take a Chance on Me, Social Enterprise.
Norwich Museums Community Club, an embedded evaluation - Norwich Museums.
Evaluation of a novel early career prescribing programme to support workforce development, retention and diversification of pharmacists in the East of England – School of Pharmacy, UEA.


Mini Kintsugi

Embedded Improvement Evaluation, Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board – Norfolk County Council.
My Story, My Words, My Voice, a quality improvement initiative to improve equity of access and inclusion for marginalised service users – Norfolk and Waveney ICB.
Homeless Health Needs Audit & Embedded Project Evaluation in Norfolk – Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.



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