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Skills and Workforce Development

Our success is built on the foundations of our vast team.

The highly skilled clinical and operations staff are dedicated to clinical research and are experts throughout the trial lifecycle from trial setups, protocol procedures, a wide range of clinical assessments, specimen collection and processing and data collection of complex experimental trials in a number of disease areas.

NCRF will place a major focus on training and career development for all members of the workforce and will work closely with NHIP. NHIP has a major focus on career development and training for all professions, placing the individual at the heart of everything it does. NHIP works closely with national NIHR training structures including the NIHR Academy and the CRN. We will align and embed our strategy with the workforce development strategy of NHIP/NuTH/NU to maximise synergy and impact.

Our vision is to develop and maintain an agile, innovative and highly-skilled clinical research delivery workforce, create an enabling environment for their talents and potentials to flourish and their career aspirations realised and nurture the next generation research practitioners, thereby ensuring delivering research a rewarding experience.

Flourish at Newcastle Hospitals supports everyone to liberate their potential at work so that we can create the best NHS organisation we can. Newcastle Universities development programme offers a suite of courses for our staff to also make use of.

Wellbeing Champion

We have our own wellbeing champion, Ella Fullard who has supplied a brief outline of her role within the Facility:

As Wellbeing Champion for the NCRF, I provide a link to the Colleague Health & Wellbeing team. I support University wide health & wellbeing initiatives, promoting a positive wellbeing culture and signposting colleagues to information and support services. I communicate wellbeing messages, activities and events, as well as championing behaviours and sharing examples of good practice.

I have a passion and interest in enhancing the overall wellbeing of others. I was fortunate to be able to complete the University’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course as a foundation to go on to teach this to others. I am a keen runner and love spending time in nature. I am a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 500) and am currently training to be a C-IAYT certified Yoga Therapist. As a parent to a child with ADHD & Autism, I am also training to be a Children’s Yoga Teacher with an emphasis on Autism & Special Needs to make yoga & mindfulness accessible and inclusive to children with diverse abilities. By using my knowledge and experience in these areas, I aim to help my colleagues find wellness and balance, providing them with new ways to respond to causes of stress and the challenges of everyday life.