Two Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) nurses have secured spots on a national research leadership programme.

Dr Louise Strickland and Dr Clair Merriman were chosen for the National Institute of Health and Care Research’s (NIHR) Senior Research Leader Programme for nurses and midwives.

The scheme aims to help nurses improve their research leadership and networking skills.

The nurses will take part in the programme for two days a week, funded by the NIHR.

Dr Merriman said: "I am delighted to be part of the second cohort on this programme and I am looking forward to continuing to support nursing and midwifery research capacity at OUH whilst starting my own national research leadership journey."

Dr Strickland echoed her sentiments, adding: "I am thrilled to be given this personal award from the NIHR.

"This will allow me to work at a regional and national level with other nursing and midwifery researchers and research leaders in England.

"It will also provide resources to continue work supporting our growing capacity and capability building infrastructure of NMAHP research in the Trust."

Professor Walthall praised their commitment to research, stating: "Louise and Clair have demonstrated their passion and expertise in leading research projects, as well as being outstanding mentors and role models for the growing number of NMAHPs at OUH wanting to embark on a career in research."

She also emphasised their importance in fostering a research-oriented culture.