The benefits of gaining research experience through a secondment
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The benefits of gaining research experience through a secondment

Tracey Rose Community learning disabilities nurse, Kent Community Health NHS Trust, Ashford, Kent
Irene Tuffrey-Wijne Associate professor in intellectual disability and palliative care, St George’s, University of London and Kingston University

This article describes one learning disability nurse’s experience of being seconded to work on a research project in a university setting. The nurse Tracey Rose and her academic manager Irene Tuffrey-Wijne argue that the benefits of such a secondment go beyond the obvious advantages for the nurse, who gained research skills. The delivery of evidence-based care and support is enhanced when learning disability nurses are engaged in research. Creating opportunities for a secondment can support nurses’ career progression and may also help promote staff retention. For the academic partner, a close link with clinical practice can keep the research grounded and help to clarify the impact of research on practice. The authors also discuss the challenges in making this type of secondment work.

Learning Disability Practice. 20, 1, 36-39. doi: 10.7748/ldp.2017.e1800

Correspondence

tracey.rose2@kent.gov.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 12 September 2016

Accepted: 12 December 2016