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ICA Internships Programme Overview

ICA Internships Programme Overview

Block 1 (Event 1 - Sheffield Hallam University)     

Programme Launch

This introductory full day event will take place at Sheffield Hallam univeristy, providing an introduction to the internships programme and all of its components:

  • online research learning package and the available database resources etc
  • how to get the best from the mentorship support
  • defining the project and realistic expectations
  • research skills self-assessment
  • introduction to research

Venue: Sheffield Hallam University, City Campus, Sheffield, S1 1WB

Date: 26th January 2022

Block 2    (Online Events 2-5)     

Four online events (2-4 hours) will cover a range of topics including:

  • NHS research infrastructure
  • NIHR Integrated Clinical Pathwaysc
  • Research Ethics and governance
  • Introduction to research methodologies
  • Dissemination of research

Dates of events 9th March; 20th April; 8th June; 13th July 2022

Block 3 (Event 6 - sheffield Hallam University)

Projects Celebration

  • Interns showcase the work they have undertaken during the programme.
  • Planning their next career steps and review their research skills self-assessment

Date: 12th October 2022

Throughout the Internship
  • e-learning activities
  • Regular contact with Mentor

Confirmed dates for the January 2022 cohort can be seen above.

Programme Overview

The key components to the internship programme are:

  • a Clinical Academic Research Experience supported by supervision and research mentorship for 30 days. 
  • an Educational Learning Package comprising of 2 days face to face learning and 4 half days online learning.

Clinical Academic Research Experience

Participants will be guided to complete a research project or a component of a project within the 9 month internship timeframe. The mentor will support in all aspects of undertaking the research project.

Applicants are encouraged to identify mentors who are convenient to them and who align with their area of interest. Mentors should be able to offer project research supervision and mentorship to support an experience of clinical academic research. Sheffield Hallam University will offer support in identifying suitable mentors from across the North region if required. The final choice of mentor will be by the applicant and will form a part of the application process.

Educational Learning Package

The structured educational learning package will provide background resources and learning to support the interns experiential learning from the research project. It will facilitate participants to draw up the experiences gained from the supervision, mentorship and the clinical academic research experience, and to reflect upon this learning and to document it in their actin plans. The structured educational programme includes:

  • 2 days face-to-face learning
  • 4 half day online learning events

Interns will be required to attend for the scheduledlearning events and to complete a package of research training through online distance learning. The face-to-face attendance programme will be at Sheffield Hallam University.

The Blackboard virtual learning environment will enable interns to engage with research methods material at a time, and pace that suits them from wherever they are located; they can go back over material that is relevant to their own projects and they will be guided through the resources through a structured and defined set of content and tasks with signposting to more in depth resources according to their project area.

The face to face learning days

The Internship Programme starts with a 2 day residential in Sheffield, the residential is considered to be an important aspect of bringing the cohort together to establish a supportive network of peers. Participants will stay in the same hotel and there will be an evening event will help to facilitate the development of group cohesion.

The Online distance learning

The distance learning programme will be equivalent to 4 days study. For the distance learning component interns will need broadband access with a reliable connection.  Guidance on the latest version of relevant software will be provided by the University. The online distance learning component will run as a thread of learning and development throughout the 9 months of the internship programme.

This virtual learning environment will enable interns to engage with research methods material at a time, and pace that suits them from wherever they are located; they can go back over material that is relevant to their own projects and they will be guided through the resources through a structured and defined set of content and tasks with signposting to more in depth resources according to their project area.

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