• To explore the skill set and standards of competency in research delivery practice
• To understand the learning and development needs of nurses and midwives transitioning into research delivery roles
• To learn how one NHS trust developed and implemented a novel competency framework for research delivery
Background Clinical research nurses and midwives (CRN/Ms) are highly specialised registered nurses. They combine their clinical nursing expertise with research knowledge and skills to aid in the delivery of rigorous, high-quality clinical research to improve health outcomes, the research participant’s experience and treatment pathways (Beer et al 2022). However, there is evidence that the transition into a CRN/M role is challenging for registered nurses.
Aim To discuss the development of a competency framework for CRN/Ms.
Discussion The authors identified a gap in their organisation for standards that would support the development of CRN/Ms new to the role. The standards needed to be clear and accessible to use while encompassing the breadth of scope of CRN/Ms’ practice. The authors used a systematic and inclusive process drawing on Benner’s (1984) theory of competence development to develop a suitable framework. Stakeholders engaged in its development included research participants, inclusion agents and CRN/Ms.
Conclusion The project identified 15 elements that are core to the CRN/M role and the knowledge, skills and behaviours associated with it.
Implications for practice A large NHS Trust has implemented the framework. It is also being shown to national and regional networks. Evaluation is under way.
Nurse Researcher. doi: 10.7748/nr.2023.e1900Peer review
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Harris C, Hare N, McCabe L et al (2023) A novel research competency framework for clinical research nurses and midwives. Nurse Researcher. doi: 10.7748/nr.2023.e1900
Published online: 28 December 2023
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