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

N Browne, Ruth Harris, J Hunt, B Kelly, K Kelley, S Pearce, H Plant, A Richardson, J Sitzia

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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
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)274 - 286
Number of pages13
JournalNT Research
Volume7
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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