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An assessment of lead R&D nursing roles in acute trusts and an evaluation of their status within the NHS research agenda

Browne, N., Harris, R., Hunt, J., Kelly, Daniel M., Kelley, K., Pearce, Susan, Plant, H., Richardson, A. and Sitzia, J. 2002. An assessment of lead R&D nursing roles in acute trusts and an evaluation of their status within the NHS research agenda. Journal of Research in Nursing 7 (4) , pp. 274-286. 10.1177/136140960200700407

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Abstract

For over a decade, the need to develop a robust evidence base for nursing, midwifery and health visiting through research has been part of the UK government's R&D strategy. Progress has been slow and little is known about the organisational reality of the most recent strategies. This study aimed to investigate the nature of posts with named responsibilities to lead and develop nursing and midwifery research activity, based in acute NHS hospital trusts. Data were obtained through telephone interviews with directors of nursing services, and a postal survey of relevant staff. Fifty two people responsible for nursing and midwifery R&D were invited to complete the questionnaire, of whom 34 responded. The majority of trusts were able to name an individual responsible for leading nursing R&D, although the remit of the role varied considerably. The effectiveness of implementing any national research strategy is likely to be constrained by the lack of consistency regarding nursing research roles, a factor that may also be implicated in the lack of progress in securing a meaningful contribution to NHS research from nursing R&D.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nursing research; NHS research policy; Nursing research strategy; Research careers
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1744-9871
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 02:53
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/13383

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