Faculty of Medical Sciences

Allied Health, Nursing and Midwifery Research

Allied Health, Nursing and Midwifery Research

Our research is in partnership with NHS and other health and social care providers and is underpinned by strong public and patient involvement.

We are highly committed to working with the brightest allied health professionals, nurses and midwives to build the future national and international research leaders. Our senior clinical academics are active contributors in a number of key capacity building initiatives, including the NIHR Advocates and national guidelines for implementing clinical academic career pathways for non-medics. We contribute to fellowship funding panels and directly mentor and supervise talented individuals across the clinical academic pathway, from internships and pre-doctoral awards to doctoral, post-doctoral and ultimately to professorial awards. We have an established track record of securing national, highly competitive funding across this pathway, including fellowships by NIHR, MRC, the Wellcome Trust and major charities.


We are internationally known for our allied health led, cutting-edge transdisciplinary research in:

Our allied health, nursing and midwife clinical academics also play key roles leading research into: 

Methodological expertise

For our research, we have particularly strong methodological expertise in:

  • outcome measurement in relation to physical activity and movement, wearable technology, gait analysis, mobile brain imaging and motor control, diet and eating and drinking, and speech
  • the development and evaluation of interventions, including behavioural medicine, complex intervention methods, and natural experiments.

We also work closely with further experts across a range of quantitative and qualitative disciplines, e.g. epidemiology, trials, statistics, health economics and sociology.

Support and training

In addition to the world-class research and supervision environment, our allied health, nurse and midwife interns and fellows benefit from access to a range of generic support and training opportunities, including:

  • Regular interactions with clinical academics from different disciplines across the career pathway.
  • Information and mentoring about opportunities for further formal research training and related funding, including access to the Newcastle University’s database of previous, successful applications.
  • Access to a range of methods training meetings and methodology networks that enable peer-supported capacity building in research methods and in their use in real-world, applied studies.
  • Access to postgraduate and staff development seminars and workshops.
  • Access to the Newcastle External Clinical Fellowships Support Programme to help clinical academics to improve their research portfolio and skills, to develop competitive funding applications, and to fulfil their clinical academic potential.