Date: 08 September 2017
Clare Meachin, Deputy Chief Operating Officer for the CRN South London, has been featured in leading nursing magazine, Nursing Times.
Clare is one of three nurses leading on a new strategy due out in October for the clinical research nurse workforce of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). She told Nursing Times:
“We want to make sure we have that culture of improvement and want to actively encourage nurses to see problems, challenges and solutions within the clinical workplace.”
Leading nurses with a passion for research drew up the draft strategy, which was passed to frontline research nurses for comment. The new strategy runs up to 2020 and will replace the current one that expires this year.
One focus is developing awareness and enthusiasm for research among all clinical staff. A survey by Nursing Times showed there is already broad support for clinical research with 98% of respondents saying nurse-led research or research by nurses was ‘vital’ or ‘important’ to furthering best practice among the profession, and 68% saying they were either ‘very’ or ‘fairly interested’ in a career that involved research as part of their job. However, there can be challenges in delivering research, especially within hospitals. Clare told Nursing Times:
“We understand there are significant clinical challenges within the hospital context – people are seeing more patients and clinical care has to be a priority – making sure patients are seen and well cared for as they come through the door.
“But we also know that at ‘research active’ trusts, the quality of the care does improve and there is a direct correlation between whether a trust is research active and higher quality of care.”
Through training and by ensuring research nurses working in primary, secondary, community and social care have the right skills and opportunities to progress, the strategy outlines how the NIHR can put the best research nurses into research environments to improve on the delivery of vital clinical research.
“We’re very aware that we need to get the best leaders locally, nationally and internationally, so we really need to ensure we’re developing nurses to lead our workforce in the future,” said Clare.
You can read the full Nursing Times article here.
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