CLAHRC NWC is building research capacity in the North West Coast region by supporting and developing research ideas, projects and individual researchers in its partner organisations. This is being achieved in a number of ways including a research internship scheme, supporting postgraduate research degrees and furthering career development through the three partner Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).
Each PPP Project is given the opportunity to nominate an Intern who works on a particular aspect of the evaluation of interest to them.
Partners including NHS Trusts, Local Authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups are supporting their staff to undertake a research internship with CLAHRC NWC, developing research ideas that are important to their patients, clients and communities whilst developing valuable research skills.
CLAHRC NWC is also supporting over twenty full-time PhD studentships that span its research themes. These projects address health inequalities and support the vision of the CLAHRC NWC. Projects are focused on health and wellbeing issues that affect patient populations, neighbourhoods and individuals. Students are well supported and encouraged to engage with the National Institute for Health Research, in addition to ensuring public engagement is an integral part of their research.
Capacity Building events, for interns, students and Partner staff, are held to showcase research and its potential impact on the frontline service whilst building networks for future research collaborations.
Zoe McIntosh is a Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Facilitator at Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital
“I’ve joined the (Partner Priority Programme) PPP to evaluate our Knowsley Community Cardiovascular Service,” says Zoe.
“The Service was implemented to reduce health inequalities by being community based and manage early diagnosis and encouraging self-management of Cardiac Rehabilitation across the borough. We need the evidence to prove how effective the service is and I want from the CLAHRC NWC the skills to do that by assessing and quantifying the data we have collected already on usage, population, service model, patient feedback etc. The CLAHRC NWC programme has taught me initially the value of public involvement and its importance in the evaluation and our Public Advisers have been coming to the workshops with both me and the Head of our Clinical Trials Unit.
The biggest benefit of being part of the PPP though has been able to register with CLAHRC NWC’s Internship programme. I am hoping to gain analytical skills and specific training in data analysis as the evaluation project report I compile will go to my own Trust Board and local Clinical Commissioning Group for benchmark model comparison with other services.
I couldn’t have even started this evaluation without the support of the CLAHRC NWC team. I have our lead Consultant Cardiologist supporting me on the PPP scheme as demonstrating to commissioners the value we are delivering to patients is so important and the Internship will allow me one day a week to complete this critical piece of work.
Collaboration is key and the PPP is demonstrating the benefit of working with other stakeholders such as the local Council to share their data with me which will now be integral towards the final evaluation of our service.”
June Holmes is a Chemotherapy Nurse and is working on an initiative for Clatterbridge Hospital.
“Being on the frontline and treating oncology patients daily, I am well placed to identify which systems and practices have the best potential to be reviewed or evaluated in order to prevent cancer patient readmissions via accident and emergency departments. I’ve come onto the Partner Priority Programme (PPP), with the full backing of my senior medical team, as I already have an idea I want to develop to enhance part of the current patient pathway.
The PPP Workshops and Collaborative Implementation Group I have been allocated have already seen me performing a literature review, learning about health economics and stirred up my interest in Research. The networking opportunities with other clinicians, university research professionals and NHS managers to share what we are working on in a mutli-disciplinary approach, have been very beneficial during the workshops.
There is a supportive structure in place in the PPP and this is giving me the confidence to press ahead and change things for patients for the better.”