Success stories

Our success stories are case studies of initiatives that successfully engaged people in research and promoted research within organisations. Some of these success stories are easily replicable, and some are supposed to inspire people to try to implement their own innovative reforms that may not have been tried before. 

Nurses

Integrating research into routine nursing care 

Mark Hammonds, Senior Charge Nurse, Coronary Care Unit at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, explains how he got involved in research and how he engaged his colleagues in research in the video success story below:

Engaging with non-research NHS care staff and managers: A midwife engagement initiative

The research midwives in Newcastle had identified that, despite their best efforts, out of hours recruitment to studies was never optimal. Over a period of 12 months, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust piloted an initiative that meant that a research midwife was present for the delivery suite handovers at the beginning and end of each day. This enabled the research midwife to remind doctors and midwives about the studies, and to identify the women who were potentially eligible. It also allowed the research midwife to explain the recruitment process on a one to one basis, which gave staff the confidence to recruit in emergency situations.

This initiative increased the confidence of staff, and increased recruitment to studies. Read this success story here - Engaging with non-research NHS care staff and managers: A midwife engagement initiative

Why getting involved in research can help your development, and make a difference with patient care

Gemma McCalmont, specialist Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) nurse, explains why she got involved in research and how she engaged her colleagues with research in the video success story below:

Expanding awareness of recruitment to research

Helen Hanson, Senior Research Nurse at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, explains how an initiative to make clinicians more aware of recruitment to research worked, and how it succeeded. 

NHS management

Demonstrating the benefits of a research active trust 

Staff at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust demonstrate the benefits of working in a research-active trust.

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Demonstrating that research is as important as quality improvement

Andrew Harewood, Head of Research and Clinical Effectiveness at Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, explains how the Trust has encouraged staff to engage with research in the video success story below: