Enhancing research awareness with a research and development ‘spoke’ placement
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Enhancing research awareness with a research and development ‘spoke’ placement

Anita Jane Green Associate director of care professionals’ education and senior nurse consultant, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, England
Philippa Claire Case Research manager, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, England
Ian Taylor Senior lecturer, University of Brighton, East Sussex, England

Two nurses – one working in an education and training department, the other in a research and development department in a mental health trust – have established a research and development spoke placement experience for mental health nursing students. They did this in collaboration with a colleague from a local university. A shared protocol was developed for the placement that promotes research awareness and provides an opportunity for research and development to be viewed as a career pathway for mental health nurses. The protocol framework has enabled clear dialogue between the trust and the university about providing the right research experience for mental health students at an early stage of their careers. This article describes the development and aims of the spoke placement and the research module that accompanies it.

Mental Health Practice. 20, 7, 24-28. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2017.e1169



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: 05 April 2016

Accepted: 09 September 2016

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