Research into Practice is a new initiative which has been set up to allow therapists, nurses and NHS managers in the East Midlands to undertake a fast-track piece of research that is immediately relevant to the challenges faced in their workplace. Insights gained from the programme can then be incorporated into making improvements to services for patients, service users and carers.
“This ground-breaking programme has attracted a diverse set of research proposals which consider patients of all ages including the young and old in our society, reaching across population groups and ethnicities, and covering both community and hospital services. These research projects are very practical, dealing with real issues or opportunities faced by staff working with patients and service-users and they have the potential to speedily transform the patient experience.” – CLAHRC-NDL Director Prof Rachel Munton.
It is being run by the by CLAHRC-NDL (Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care), part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), serving Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire, with a main regional base at the University of Nottingham.
The successful candidates are:
- Gillian White, Dietetics Manager. Project: Review of best practice in home enteral tube feeding.
- Ian Tyrell, Respiratory Physiotherapist. Project: Chest physiotherapy in dementia patients.
- Christine Huston, Physiotherapist. Project: Develop evidence based pathway for Parkinson’s Disease
- Rachel Tomasevic, Acute Stroke Physiotherapist. Project: Review Current research in acute stroke rehabilitation; structure a future research proposal.
- Anita John, Opthalmologist. Project: Understand factors associated with risk of diabetic retinopathy in Asian communities.
- Mike Bullock, Physiotherapist. Project: Exploration of evidence and therapy interventions around osteoarthritis and falls in the older frail patient.
Participants on the programme are being seconded for one day a week for three months to carry out the research-based practice relevant to their teams and patients.
The range of short-term studies being advanced by the programme include research into the vision screening of children, the role of physiotherapy for patients with severe acute stroke, risks of diabetic retinopathy among the Asian community, and encouraging appropriate early supported discharge from hospital for patients with COPD (breathing disorders).
Other studies include looking at the challenges faced by clinicians in terms of incorporating research activities into the “day job” and by managers in hearing and responding to the “patient voice” during a time of service reviews and change within the NHS.
CLAHRC colleagues with expertise in research methodology, ethics, process and evaluation as well as supporting patient and public involvement in research, will help guide the programme’s participants in their work.
The regional CLAHRC is one of nine NIHR funded organisations nationwide. It works closely with the University of Nottingham, partner health and social care organisations, voluntary agencies, patients, service users and carers to transform healthcare by speeding up the time it takes to get the findings from research into practice.
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For further information on the Research into Practice programme, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0115 823 2474.