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Facilitating collaborative development in practice

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  • Debbie Tolson PhD MSc BSc RGN,

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    1. Head of Research, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Community Health, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, Scoltand, UK
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  • John Bennett MN DipNS RGN RMN RNT,

    1. Lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Community Health, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, Scoltand, UK
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  • Kay Currie PhD MN NSc RGN RNT,

    1. Head of Division, Post Registration Nursing and Health, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Community Health, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, Scoltand, UK
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  • Toby A Mohammed MN (Spec Ed) PGCE RGN RSCN RNT,

    1. Head of Practice Development (Acute Services Division), NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Scoltand, Glasgow, UK
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  • Alan R Middleton MSc PgCLTHE BSc DipCHN RNMH RGN

    1. Lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Community Health, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, Scoltand, UK
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Debbie Tolson, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Community Health, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 OBA, Scoltand, UK. Email: d.tolson@gcal.ac.uk

Abstract

The promotion of stakeholder partnerships features within practice development work and is intuitively appealing, but in reality meaningful partnerships can be problematic. We report the findings of four parallel Nominal group Technique Interviews undertaken with groups of professional (nurses from practice and academia) and lay stakeholder representatives during a seminar event. The group work sought to explore the mechanisms, which could facilitate meaningful practice development partnerships between nurses, academic nurses and people. The most highly ranked suggestions included creating a culture where practice development is seen as everyone's business and establishing a unified collaborative infrastructure. A range of enabling and inhibiting conditions were explored and the complexity of achieving consensus decision-making processes that would allow realization of the policy rhetoric was exposed.

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