National Institute for Health Research
Collaboration for Leadership in
Applied Health Research and Care –

Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire
University of Nottingham

Building capacity within our partner organisations

Broadly speaking the CLAHRC for Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire has three main objectives:

  1. To carry out more, locally-relevant, applied health research;
  2. To ensure the rapid use, influence and uptake of this research in local NHS systems of care; and
  3. To build the capacity of local NHS partners to take on and use research-based information.

The third aim, in particular, has been at the forefront of our activities since Professor Rachel Munton joined us as Director in January 2011. 

This page highlights just a few of the ways in which we are working to boost research capacity within our partner organisations.

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Trust Award

This year CLAHRC-NDL sponsored the 'Research into Practice' award at Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Trust's annual Staff Excellence Awards. The award was devised for new or currently unfunded patient-focused research proposals seeking to enable existing, or new research to be undertaken and translated into practice for patient benefit. One of the main criteria for the award was that the winning entry should be an applied research project capable of being successfully implemented within a year, and that it should assist the Trust in improving Quality, Innovation, Productivity or Prevention (QIPP).

The Trust's Staff Excellence Awards celebrate success and recognise individual members of staff, volunteers and teams who have given outstanding service, or have gone beyond their expected role.

The shortlist for the new CLAHRC 'Research into Practice' award was as follows:

  • Gail Baker, Alcohol Liaison Nurse Specialist
  • Polly Blaydes (Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist) and Paul Barrett (Consultant Nurse)
  • Lynsey Woodman, Specialist Occupational Therapist.

The £1000 research grant went to Polly and Paul's proposal for 'Emotional first aid skills training in acute mental health'. The judging panel described the proposal has "clear and succinct", adding that the potential benefits to patients helped them reach their decision.

Research into Practice Development Opportunity 

2012 saw CLAHRC-NDL launch a new fully funded development opportunity aimed at nurses, Allied Health Professionals or members from other non medical professions. The funding will allow chosen projects to spend 3-6 months, either full or part time,  pursuing the following objectives:

  1. To explore current evidence-based practice and how this might be implemented in the applicant's own setting. 
  2. To develop research capacity at the point of care delivery within the NHS, through insights gained during this placement and application to the work setting. 
  3. To provide a supported insight and development opportunity for applicants who may wish to develop their understanding of, or pursue a career in health services research at a future date.
  4. To offer CLAHRC staff members a better understanding of contemporary health care and patient centred issues in the NHS  
  5. To enhance the link to existing and potential NHS/other partners to ensure CLAHRC continues to address pertinent issues in health and social care at the front line. 

The application deadline for this pilot scheme closed on 13 January 2012. Successful applications needed to demonstrate a commitment to evidence based practice, some exposure to research training and a commitment to improving the experience and outcomes for people who use services. 

Successful applicants will be contacted in early February 2012.

Posted on Wednesday 29th February 2012

Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care - Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire


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