KentHealth run a number of initiatives to enhance internal and external health research and innovation collaborations. We take part in local collaborative events either as the lead or as a facilitator. We are part of a number of local special interest groups and can assist in identifying potential collaborative partners. Furthermore, we have a small pot of funding to support health research and training. One of our initiatives is the Strategic Development Fund, which is pump priming aimed at supporting new collaborations between academics and their clinical colleagues. Another well received initiative is the student placement scheme, where undergraduate students are provided a bursary of £150 per week to undertake a clinical placements for up to 8 weeks over the summer.
We run a KentHealth Physician Associate Scholarship Scheme. For the 2017 September intake, KentHealth will offer up to four competitively-awarded scholarships to a maximum value of £5,000 in the first year of study to students registered on the Canterbury Christ Church University/University of Kent PG Diploma in Physician Associate Studies.
Student Placement Scheme
Over the course of my studentship I learnt many interesting things regarding NHS research and some aspects of the management of stroke. Over the 8 weeks I updated a stroke database with the details of patients who had suffered with a stroke, along with shadowing the consultant to meetings and even watching the clinical treatment of a stroke.