The theorist-practitioner gap: bringing the two sides closer together
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The theorist-practitioner gap: bringing the two sides closer together

Lyn Gardner Lecturer, College of Human and Health Sciences at Swansea University
Gary Rolfe Professor of nursing, College of Human and Health Sciences at Swansea University
Peter Ghroum Lecturer practitioner in forensic nursing, Caswell Clinic, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, Bridgend

Lyn Gardner and colleagues outline the philosophy, principles and development behind projects to improve the links between nursing practice and academia

As the gap between practice and academia grows, strategies are needed to ensure effective communication between the sectors. Failure to do this means nurses on the ward are at risk of becoming little more than technicians. Projects such as City Nurses and those linked to the Wales Centre for Practice Innovation are aimed at reducing the physical, social, psychological and professional gap between practice and academia. A practice innovation network connects and helps publicise a growing number of practice innovation units where clinicians and academics collaborate. Often the basic initiatives that result can have a greater impact on the lives of service users than larger and more ambitious projects.

Correspondence g.rolfe@swansea.ac.uk

Mental Health Practice. 16, 6,12-16. doi: 10.7748/mhp2013.03.16.6.12.e854

Received: 12 July 2012

Accepted: 24 October 2012

Published in print: 01 March 2013

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict Of Interest

None declared