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Building research capacity in musculoskeletal health: qualitative evaluation of a graduate nurse and allied health professional internship programme

Building research capacity in musculoskeletal health: qualitative evaluation of a graduate nurse and allied health professional internship programme
Building research capacity in musculoskeletal health: qualitative evaluation of a graduate nurse and allied health professional internship programme
Background
Evidence based practice enhances service planning and delivery, clinical decision making and patient care. However, health professionals often lack the time and opportunity to access or generate evidence. Research capacity building is thus an important mechanism for improving health service delivery. This study evaluates the effectiveness of a UK-wide Nurse and Allied Health Professional musculoskeletal research internship programme in which graduates applied to undertake their internship through one of five Higher Education Institutions. The evaluation explores the experiences of interns and their mentors.

Methods
Sixteen new graduates completed the internship programme (September 2015 – August 2018). Twelve interns and thirteen mentors participated in the evaluation. The evaluation used qualitative asynchronous email-based interviews to explore the experiences of interns and mentors. Interpretive phenomenological analysis of coded transcripts identified principal themes.

Results
Early research outputs from the interns include three peer reviewed publications and 21 conference abstract presentations. Two interns were in full time research at the time of interview or had a research component in their clinical role. Nine interns in clinical posts disclosed plans to return to research in the near future. Seven themes were identified: the impact on interns’ careers; personal impact (for example, influence on self-confidence); impact on clinical practice; drivers for applying; intervention design (for example, attitudes concerning the timing and duration of the intervention); mentorship and networking (including general support provided and quality of career advice); challenges.

Conclusion
The internship programme is an effective model in building research capacity in musculoskeletal research for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals, influencing careers, building confidence and improving clinical practice. The internship programme has the potential to be replicable to other clinical contexts nationally and internationally.
Allied health professional, Capacity building, Internship, Musculoskeletal, Nursing, Qualitative, Research
1472-6963
Wright, David
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Fry, Mary
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Adams, Jo
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Bowen, Catherine
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Adams, Jo
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Bowen, Catherine
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Wright, David, Fry, Mary, Adams, Jo and Bowen, Catherine (2020) Building research capacity in musculoskeletal health: qualitative evaluation of a graduate nurse and allied health professional internship programme. BMC Health Services Research, 20 (1), [751]. (doi:10.1186/s12913-020-05628-1).

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Abstract

Background
Evidence based practice enhances service planning and delivery, clinical decision making and patient care. However, health professionals often lack the time and opportunity to access or generate evidence. Research capacity building is thus an important mechanism for improving health service delivery. This study evaluates the effectiveness of a UK-wide Nurse and Allied Health Professional musculoskeletal research internship programme in which graduates applied to undertake their internship through one of five Higher Education Institutions. The evaluation explores the experiences of interns and their mentors.

Methods
Sixteen new graduates completed the internship programme (September 2015 – August 2018). Twelve interns and thirteen mentors participated in the evaluation. The evaluation used qualitative asynchronous email-based interviews to explore the experiences of interns and mentors. Interpretive phenomenological analysis of coded transcripts identified principal themes.

Results
Early research outputs from the interns include three peer reviewed publications and 21 conference abstract presentations. Two interns were in full time research at the time of interview or had a research component in their clinical role. Nine interns in clinical posts disclosed plans to return to research in the near future. Seven themes were identified: the impact on interns’ careers; personal impact (for example, influence on self-confidence); impact on clinical practice; drivers for applying; intervention design (for example, attitudes concerning the timing and duration of the intervention); mentorship and networking (including general support provided and quality of career advice); challenges.

Conclusion
The internship programme is an effective model in building research capacity in musculoskeletal research for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals, influencing careers, building confidence and improving clinical practice. The internship programme has the potential to be replicable to other clinical contexts nationally and internationally.

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Accepted/In Press date: 5 August 2020
Published date: 14 August 2020
Keywords: Allied health professional, Capacity building, Internship, Musculoskeletal, Nursing, Qualitative, Research

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Local EPrints ID: 443977
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/443977
ISSN: 1472-6963
PURE UUID: c23a1d30-d48e-4f43-ae0d-222da4c04d97
ORCID for Mary Fry: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7378-9909
ORCID for Jo Adams: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1765-7060
ORCID for Catherine Bowen: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7252-9515

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Date deposited: 18 Sep 2020 16:31
Last modified: 10 Jan 2022 03:05

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