In 2019, we partnered with the National Institute for Health Research to co-fund two Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship (PCAF) awards. These awards create dedicated time for healthcare professionals in England to develop an application for a doctoral-level (e.g. PhD) training Fellowship. It also allows them to undertake training which will give them the skills to be competitive candidates for a doctoral-level funding scheme.
Jenny has been working as an Occupational Therapist for nearly 30 years and has been gaining more research experience in recent years. She is particularly interested in improving care pathways and addressing unmet needs for stroke survivors who are discharged home with no therapy follow-up because they are thought to have ‘recovered’, but who still have ‘hidden’ effects from their stroke (such as problems with their thinking and mood).
Jenny hopes to complete a PhD which will co-design and test a care pathway for this group of stroke survivors. During her PCAF award, she will complete training in areas relevant to this type of study. Her PCAF award will create protected time for Jenny away from her various clinical and leadership responsibilities to complete this training.