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

Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire
University of Nottingham
The first tranche of Research into Practice candidates with colleagues from the CLAHRC at the launch meeting in March 2012

Award winners & CLAHRC staff at the RIP launch, March 2012

Research Into Practice Awards

Therapists, nurses and NHS managers are being given the chance to make radical improvements to healthcare services – thanks to our innovative new Research Into Practice programme, which is seeing 11 professionals undertake a fast-track piece of research that is immediately relevant to the challenges faced in their workplace.

Applications for the initial placements on Research Into Practice were invited from January 2012 and were heavily over-subscribed. The programme was launched in March 2012 and will run throughout the year with initial research findings from the successful participants expected to be produced in the summer and autumn.

Prof Rachel Munton, CLAHRC-NDL director, said:“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.”

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 short-term studies 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.

Prof Munton added: “This new link-up between the CLAHRC and partner NHS Trusts is very exciting for all concerned. The research agenda of these projects is being driven by those at the frontline of delivering services and we expect the outcomes of this work to have a real impact on the lives of patients, service users and carers. The findings are likely to lead to improvements in patient services but may well also impact on the local commissioning process.”

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.

Posted on Monday 11th June 2012

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


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