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Redefining the role of the nurse academic in practice: A pilot study

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Abigail Masterson, Geraldine Lee, Ehsan Khan, Karen Titchener, Janet Doyle-Blunden, Alison Metcalfe, Stephen Tee, Julie Bliss

Original languageEnglish
Article number102750
JournalNurse Education in Practice
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020

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Worldwide, health services are interested in supporting the speedy adoption of research findings into practice. To promote the translation of research into practice, a university in the South of England along with a partner NHS Trust piloted a new role – Translation Fellow (TF). This article describes and analyses the experience of implementing this role. It outlines the successes achieved as a result of this partnership between a university and a healthcare organisation as well as describing the challenges involved in establishing such a role. The successes included submitting a joint abstract to a conference; collaboratively developing articles for publication; organizing a visit overseas to compare similar services; co-designing a database to assist in collecting data for service planning and research, and setting up a ‘one click access’ web space populated with evidence informed material to support the work of the clinical staff. The pilot acted as a proof of concept in which the TF role demonstrated its potential. Additional roles are already being established in other services in the locality and the role merits wider discussion and testing nationally.

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