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LINCS: Lancashire Initiative for Nursing and Caring research in Stroke

The aim of the LINCS project is to develop excellent research opportunities for nurses, allied health professionals and clinicians. The idea is that staff will be seconded from the ward environment part time to participate in research activity. This may involve developing their own research ideas, undertaking research training or participating in on-going research.

We would like to build on the success of last year's LINCS project to further develop research infrastructure within Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (LTHTR). We have been very pleased with the enthusiasm this project has generated within the stroke team and we are keen to harness that energy to improve service delivery and develop research evidence to inform care.

Following discussions with the relevant managers last year it was agreed that oral care would be the focus of research in the first instance. It was felt that this was the most achievable within the timeframe, it involved several members of the MDT and the results were potentially transferable across numerous specialities within the hospital e.g. critical care.

This proposal reflects a commitment to expand this highly successful collaboration, by:

  1. Further development of the infrastructure to support targeted grant acquisition
  2. Identifying future clinical researchers, developing capability and capacity
  3. Expansion of the existing robust portfolio of research

Impact

This research will have clinically relevant findings but also develop the research capacity and capability of the staff involved and increase research awareness across the stroke workforce.

Timeline

2011-ongoing

Public Outputs 

Posters (no abstract) / Presentations

Connell LA, Boaden EE, Loughlin WA, Shevlin K, Watkins CL. Changes in oral flora in acute stroke patients. Health Research with Real Impact Conference, 15 May 2013, UCLan, Preston, UK. [Poster and oral presentation on poster tour].

Boaden L. LINCS project. Change in oral flora in acute stroke patients. CPRU and RST team meeting, 14 March 2013, UCLan, Preston, UK. [Oral presentation].

Connell L, Boaden EE, Loughlin W, Shevlin K, Watkins C. Changes in oral flora in acute stroke patients. R&D Showcase, 22 November 2012, Royal Preston Hospital, Preston, UK. [Poster].

Watkins C, Forshaw D. Pre hospital ESCORTT; Telemedicine and Stroke; ASTUTE; UCLan; LINCS; SSEF. Visit to Hunter Stroke Service/HNEH Stroke Clinical Stream, 23 August 2012, Hunter Stroke Service, Newcastle, Australia. [Presentation and discussion].

Dickinson H. Lancashire Initiative for Nursing and Caring research in Stroke (LINCS): change in oral flora in acute stroke patients. Meeting with UCLan overseas visitor Di Marsden, 18 May 2012, UCLan, Preston, UK. [Presentation].

Funders

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Flexibility and Sustainability Funds

Further Information

For further information about this project, please contact Dr. Louise Connell.

 

Project Lead

Dr Louise Connell

Email: laconnell@uclan.ac.uk

Tel: 01772 893725

Project Staff

Dr. Liz Lightbody

Dr. Michael Leathley

Dr. Chris Sutton

Dr. Bev French

Collaborators and Partners

Katie Swarbrick (Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)

Dr Hedley Emsley (Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)

Dr Shuja Punekar ((Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)

Lin Nelson (Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)