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UCLan rewards health professionals

06 November 2014

Rachel Atkinson

Health professionals from across Lancashire have showcased their research at a recent event at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

Clinical Academic Research Interns have showcased their research at Preston Campus exhibition

Health professionals from across Lancashire have showcased their research at a recent event at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

Eleven employees, from a range of NHS partner organisations, have successfully completed a Clinical Academic Research Internship Programme which was co-ordinated and delivered by UCLan.

The programme, funded by Health Education Northwest, was designed to give staff (nurses, healthcare assistants, midwives and allied health professionals) working within the NHS the opportunity to have some time out from their usual clinical duties to complete a small piece of research which was of interest to them.

The intern’s ward/team was given funding for backfill, so that interns could be released for one day a week for a period of between six to 12 months to get involved in a research project. With the increased emphasis on evidence based practice, one of the aims of the internships was to give NHS staff a taste of what’s involved so they can find out what research means in practice.

The 2014 cohort was made up of: a healthcare assistant, a health visitor, a midwife, three occupational therapists, a physiotherapist, a health improvement specialist, a pulmonary rehab team leader, a nurse practitioner and a practice nurse.

Throughout the programme the interns undertook a number of learning activities, both theoretical and practical, designed to aid them in developing a research question and proposal with the ultimate aim of seeing these through to completion.

“This was a very well-planned and executed study using a range of methods. Stephanie gave an excellent oral presentation and her engagement with questions was also outstanding.”

At the research showcase two awards were presented, the first for Real World Impact went to nurse practitioner Mike Rolland for his project ‘A systematic review to establish the quality, reliability and validity of existing screening tools for the early assessment of liver disease’.

Dr Josephine Gibson, Senior Lecturer at UCLan and member of the judging panel, said: “Mike’s systematic review of screening methods for liver disease identified a major gap in the evidence and has the potential to lead to the development of early detection methods for this serious and increasingly common condition, enabling timely and potentially lifesaving treatment.”

Midwife Stephanie Harvey received the accolade of Best Overall Poster for her research ‘Are the tools used for assessing the risk of intrauterine growth restriction consistent, performed and recorded accurately, and do they effectively predict intrauterine growth restriction?’

Dr Gibson added: “This was a very well-planned and executed study using a range of methods. Stephanie gave an excellent oral presentation and her engagement with questions was also outstanding.”

Representatives from local trusts, the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) and Higher Education England North West were joined at the event by UCLan Vice-Chancellor Gerry Kelleher and other UCLan guests. Following the success of this programme, further funding has been secured for a cohort for next year.

NHS Poster Comp Winner