Community Nursing Research Strategy Masterclass

13th September 2013

The WSPCR was requested to organise a research masterclass for the Directors of Nursing from all the Welsh Health Boards on 13th September 2013.  It was funded by the Health Minister and attended by the CNO.  It also included the Head of the NISCHR and the manager of AHSC.  The masterclass included the presentation of the Welsh Community Nurse Research Strategy which aims to raise the quality and quantity of research in Community Nursing in Wales.  The workshop also generated further areas for research activity/priority.

(Left to right) Prof Joyce Kenkre, Robyn Davies, Helen Jones,
Prof Jon Bisson, Prof Jean White, Dr Carolyn Wallace.

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Presentation by Jon Bisson, Head of NISCHR
Title: NISCHR looking to the future.

Professor Bisson offered an overview of NISCHR, a division of Welsh Government, which has the primary goal ‘to stimulate health and social care research to improve health and wellbeing, while contributing, directly and indirectly, to wealth generation’. Information was provided on the NISCHR funding programmes available and the role of NISCHR in the Innovation Pathway. Future plans include: Increased focus on translational group; Transition to activity based NHS R&D funding; National targets covering commercial and non-commercial research; Opportunities to attract R&D funding into NHS Wales; Restructuring of NISCHR funded infrastructure and programmes.

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Presentation by Robyn Davies, WSCPR Manager
Title: Primary care research infrastructure in Wales

Robyn Davies offered an overview of primary care research history and the Wales School for Primary Care Research, which has the mission ‘To promote a ‘step change’ improvement in the quality and quantity of multidisciplinary primary care research in Wales and compete on a World stage with research conducted to international standards generating evidence that is locally applicable and internationally relevant to inform practice and policy in Wales and beyond’. The WSPCR offers a flexible funding scheme to support research pilots and grant writing fellowships, with the aim of enabling applicants to go on to apply for larger grants. Professor Joyce Kenkre and Dr Carolyn Wallace were highlighted as being able to provide guidance and support to nurses who have ideas for research to answer a problem.

Presentation by Helen Jones, Senior Manager, NISCHR AHSC
Title: NISCHR Academic Health Science Collaboration (AHSC)

Helen Jones offered an overview of the Academic Health Science Collaboration which has the aim: ‘To facilitate the collaboration between NHS Organisations, Universities and Industry in Wales in order to combine basic and translational research, clinical care and education, and to create world-leading improvements in healthcare. Information was provided on the funding schemes available to develop capacity in the NHS to support research (£10.1M investment to date). Information was also provided on Health Research Wales, the industry facing brand of Wales, and a service providing a: One stop source of information and support for industry; Portal for industry to access NHS Wales; Service to support the set-up and management of commercial research studies. An explanation was offered on the Permissions Co-ordintaing Process and the Research Ethics Service.

Presentation by Prof Joyce Kenkre, Director WSPCR (Nursing)
Title: Funding and Assessment

Professor Kenkre emphasised the importance of collaboration across organisations and engagement with fellow nurse researchers, and grant bodies, in order to share/discuss ideas, learn, and build contacts of potential collaborators. PhD funding opportunities were highlighted. An overview was offered of what makes a good research study proposal, eligibility assessment for the application, peer review policy assessment, and scoring system. Information was provided on the Health Service & Delivery Research programme aims and assessment, and the NIHR Health Technology Assessment funding stream.

Presentation by Dr Carolyn Wallace, Reader in Integrated Care, University of South Wales & Co-ordinator for the Community Nursing Research Strategy, WSPCR
Title: The Community Nursing Research Strategy (CNRS).

Dr Wallace offered examples of priorities and research themes cited within the Community Nursing Research Strategy (CNRS).  An overview was given of support and training  available,  as well as successes and an update on progress on activities of the CNRS so far. Future opportunities were highlighted including collective vision, networking, sign posting, collaborative bids, joint training opportunities and funding opportunities. The benefits of being involved in research to career development were explained, as well as the potential measures of success for the different nursing areas. The next steps include: Engagement at executive level to support programmes of research and priorities for evidence; Development of a central information source on priorities, support and training available to take forward research priorities; Development of key groups leading on elements of the priority areas.

Exercise led by Professor Joyce Kenkre: Plans Programmes and Evidence.
Professor Kenkre led an interactive group exercise to facilitate the honing down of programmes of research and the development of plans for training.

  • Have a conversation: Ideas / priorities; Grounded in practice
  • Hold peoples’ hands through the process
  • Identify ‘Improvement Champions’
  • Sell the simplicity
  • Look at the information which we are potentially already ‘sitting on’ in our organisations
  • Include patient experience
  • Think about what are your biggest problems?
  • Revolving door: NHS / HEI
  • Understanding & appreciating current research
  • Find out how information is stored
  • Map service need
  • Health & wellbeing agenda
  • Information technology – translation of information
  • How can nursing capitalise on IT
  • Think about where in career to do a PhD & PhD area of practice
  • Identify information available in organisations
  • Collate research from all HBs & HEI
  • Nursing & midwifery zone – link to one information source on HB websites
  • Signpost people to one front window
  • Include interface
  • Third horizon thinking – capitalising on health informatics / future scoping.
  • The right structures to support nurses to do these things
  • Leads from HBs – reporting against research targets
  • R&D strategies of HBs – what to include? Amend & update
  • Incentivise motivated individuals – PhDs / MPhils; Career plans; Developing more nurse researchers.
  • Posts – allow for clinical time, as well as for studying for a PhD
  • Identify potential PhD students – 1st class undergraduates
  • Look at income generation for the post
  • Virtual Network – how do we come together and talk about Wales as an entity and take this forward?
Carol Shillabeer, Powys LHB
Carole Bell, Hywel Dda
Carolyn Wallace, University South Wales/WSPCR
Denise Llewellyn, ABHB
Helen Jones, NISCHR
Jean White, CNO
Jonathon Bisson, NISCHR
Joyce Kenkre, University of South Wales
Karen Regan (Rep Lynda Williams), Cwm Taf LHB
Marnel Owen, Betsi Cadwaladr UHB
Paul Labourne, Powys LHB
Rhiannon Beaumont-wood, Public Health Wales
Robyn Davies, WSPCR
Sarah Jones, Welsh Ambulance Service
Sue Morgan, Velindre
Victoria Franklin, ABM ULHB
Angela Watkins, WSPCR