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Stakeholders’ perceptions of a research capacity development project for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals

Authors

  • LIN PERRY MSc, PhD, RN,

    1. Research Facilitator, Barts and The London NHS Trust and St Bartholomew School of Nursing and Midwifery, Whitechapel, London, UK
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  • ANGELA GRANGE MA, PhD, RSCN, RGN,

    1. Lead Nurse Clinical Quality & Research, Department of Clinical Quality & Research, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Bradford Royal Infirmary, Duckworth Lane, Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK
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  • BOB HEYMAN BA, PhD,

    1. Associate Dean for Research, Health Care Research Unit, City University, London, UK
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  • PENNY NOBLE B Bus (HIM), MMgt

    1. R&D Planning and Governance Manager, Joint R&D Office, Whitechapel, London, UK
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Lin Perry
Research Facilitator
Barts and The London NHS Trust and St Bartholomew School of Nursing and Midwifery
Philpot St
Whitechapel
London E1 2EA
UK
E-mail: l.perry@city.ac.uk

Abstract

Aims  To evaluate stakeholders’ perceptions of the extent to which a research facilitator post was addressing aims of:

  • providing academic support to enable research involvement of nurses, midwives and allied health professionals;
  • supporting dissemination of research into practice;
  • contributing to research strategy development.

Background  Barriers to research capacity development have been recognized for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals. A project established in a London NHS trust aimed to address these.

Methods  A mixed methods approach was used.

Results  Responses were generally very positive. The post effected improvements in the research culture and perceived increase in research-related activities.

Conclusion  The post made substantial progress towards its aims. This approach may be useful in other healthcare locations to build research capacity.

Implications for nursing management  Challenged by increasing priority accorded to research capacity and service research implementation yet recognition of barriers to achievement, this study offers insights from one means to address this.

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