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Research is 'everybody's business': Creating opportunities for community nurses to be involved in research - 15 June 2022

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Joint NIHR ARC Webinar: Research is ‘everybody’s business: creating opportunities for community nurses to be involved in research


Webinar agenda

Chair’s introduction | Ben Bowers, NIHR ARC East of England, Community Palliative Care Nurse and Research Associate, University of Cambridge

Ben is a practicing Community Palliative Care Nurse and a Queen’s Nurse. Ben’s recent mixed-methods doctoral research investigated community end-of-life anticipatory prescribing practice and patients’, family caregivers’ and clinicians’ perspectives of this care. Ben’s postdoctoral research interests include improving systems for using end-of-life care medications at home.


Unlocking our research potential in community nursing services (a 0-19 Services perspective) | Louise Wolstenholme , Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust

A health visitor’s route into research - starting from a high level of research enthusiasm to a clinical fellow role in the NIHR nursing & midwifery office. A process of gaining research knowledge, delivering on studies, facilitating communities of research practice, working collectively with others and saying ‘yes’.

Louise is a health visitor and the 0-19 Research Lead at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. Having completed the NIHR 70@70 Senior Nurse & Midwife Research Leader programme, she has now commenced a Clinical Fellow role in the NIHR Nursing & Midwifery office, with a focus on research and community-based nurse roles.


Experiences of developing as a researcher in Scotland | Caroline Dickson, Centre for Person-centred Practice Research, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

An overview of Caroline's journey as a researcher within academic, showcasing a number of studies including testing the feasibility of using person-centred key performance indicators (KPIs) within community nursing. Caroline will also share some insights into the support systems within Scotland for researcher development within clinical practice.

Caroline is a Senior Lecturer/Researcher in the Centre for Person-centred Practice Research, Division of Nursing and Paramedic Science, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Caroline is an honorary District Nurse with NHS Borders, a Fellow of the Queens Nursing Institute, Scotland and a Director for the Person-centred Practice_ International Community of Practice. Her clinical background is in district nursing, practice nursing and practice development. Caroline is increasingly engaged in research, mainly focusing on community nursing leadership, and education from a person-centred perspective.


Aligning nurse-led research with public need | Lee Tomlinson, Kent Community NHS Foundation Trust

Raising the profile of community nursing research through the collaborative opportunities, networks and connections developed with patients, carers, nurse leaders, policy makers and healthcare colleagues. How the Top 10 research priorities for community nursing in England were developed.

Lee, a nurse is Head of Research in Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust and a Community Nurse Fellow in NHS England and Improvement, co-leading on Research and Innovation for the National Community Nursing Plan. As NIHR 70@70 Alumni, Lee previously supported the development of the CNO strategic plan (England) for research as part of a joint CNO/NIHR Internship.


Facilitated conversation on the three presentations | Chair’s Ben Bowers and Catherine Evans, Co-conveners of the Community Nursing Research Community of Practice

Catherine Evans, NIHR ARC South London, Professor of Palliative Care and Honorary Nurse Consultant, King’s College London and Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

Catherine is a Professor of Palliative Care and Honorary Nurse Consultant. She holds a joint post between the Cicely Saunders Institute at King’s College London and Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust. Catherine’s research focuses on new models of palliative care to strengthen integration in community health and social care for older adults with multimorbidity, including dementia and frailty.

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