Experiences of a community of research practice: a service evaluation
Evidence and practice    

Experiences of a community of research practice: a service evaluation

Tracey Long Community practice educator, 0-5 Service, Children’s Care Group, Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, Doncaster, England
Kevin Williamson Head of research, Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, Doncaster, England
Sarah Banbury Clinical psychologist, Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, Doncaster, England
Bethany Blake Specialist, community public health nurse – health visitor, Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, Doncaster, England
Emma Connolly Specialist community public health nurse – school nurse, Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, Doncaster, England
Julie Drafz Specialist community public health nurse – health visitor, Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, Doncaster, England
Samantha Foxton SCPHN/school nursing/student practice teacher, Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, Doncaster, England
Vicky Gallagher-Carr Specialist community public health nurse – health visitor, Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, Doncaster, England
Sarah Gritton Specialist community public health nurse – health visitor, Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, Doncaster, England
Tracey Morris Specialist community public health nurse – health visitor, Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, Doncaster, England
Jayne Mulhern Specialist nurse for looked after children and young people and CPE, Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, Doncaster, England
Kellie Needham Specialist community public health nurse – school nurse, Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, Doncaster, England
Kathryn Smith Specialist community public health nurse – health visitor, Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, Doncaster, England
Michelle Young Specialist community public health nurse – health visitor, Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, Doncaster, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To gain insight into a community of practice for research

  • To see how a community of research practice is applied in a Children’s Care Group

  • To learn about the benefits and challenges of a community of practice for research

Background A community of research practice (CRP) was established to increase research capacity and provide learning opportunities and networking for healthcare practitioners, working within a Children’s Care Group. The CRP aimed to engage research-interested practitioners in research to develop their skills and confidence, encourage networking, and build research capacity.

Aim To report the results of a service evaluation that was undertaken to review the CRP’s value in practice.

Discussion Thematic analysis revealed four themes – ‘positive environment’, ‘confidence’, ‘professional development’ and ‘networking’ – highlighting benefits from the CRP, alongside the challenges encountered.

Conclusion This article highlights the significant contribution of CRP for practitioners in the context of an innovative organisation with a supportive culture.

Implications for practice A CRP empowers healthcare practitioners to engage with research while in clinical practice, enabling increased research confidence, and the development of research skill and knowledge and enhanced networking. CRP can potentially influence recruitment and retention.

Nurse Researcher. 30, 2, 36-44. doi: 10.7748/nr.2022.e1820

Correspondence

tracey.long3@nhs.net

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

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