Building implementation, evaluation and research capacity across GM

Building implementation, evaluation and research capacity across GM

Published Date: 10 Oct 2018

As part of the CLAHRC Greater Manchester capacity building programme, eight ‘evidence informed implementation and evaluation’ training events have been designed, developed and delivered; two open to all partners, five with Salford CCG and one with Health Innovation Manchester. These events focus on defining implementation and implementation research, understanding and using theoretical frameworks for implementation, planning implementation, engaging and influencing stakeholders and evaluating implementation programmes. Over 150 people have attended.

In addition to these training events, CLAHRC GM also delivers an internship programme, a 30 day research programme conducted over nine months. To date, 13 participants (Nurses and Allied Health Professionals) have completed the programme and a further seven interns are due to complete in August of this year. The programme includes three and a half days of formal educational input, delivered over the nine months, alongside monthly advisor/support sessions with a CLAHRC advisor. Interns complete a small scale project, which can be a literature review, audit or small scale evaluation.

From the 13 interns who have completed the programme;

  • Four have gone on to study for an MSc in Clinical Research
  • One has been awarded a Clinical Academic Bridging Fellowship with MFT
  • Three have been promoted to more senior positions
  • Nine have presented their work at academic conferences
  • One intern has published in a peer reviewed journal

We are collecting evaluation data to examine interns’ learning and development. The findings to date show that interns have developed in all research skill areas, such as, designing a research proposal and conducting a literature review.

The internship programme is now advertising a fourth cohort which will be aimed at health care professionals and clinical managers working at the interface of primary and secondary care. This extended scope is the result of a request from Salford CCG to develop research skills in managers.

Contribution of CLAHRC Greater Manchester

The capacity building programme is led by Dr Jane Griffiths and Dr Carianne Hunt, with input from other members of the CLAHRC GM team. CLAHRC GM's capacity building strategy includes a number of levels; the first two have been described in this case study. The mix of research, evaluation, implementation and training expertise in the CLAHRC GM team has meant that the ‘evidence informed implementation and evaluation’ training events and internship programme have been implemented and evaluated across Greater Manchester, and without the CLAHRC team, this would not have been possible. The skills and expertise of the CLAHRC team enabled the sessions to be delivered to a wide range of professionals to the same high standard.

What happened next?

As a result of the positive evaluation from our ‘evidence informed implementation and evaluation’ training events, Salford CCG has now made it mandatory for their innovation fund participants to attend this event, prior to starting their project.

Other CCGs and partnership programmes have asked CLAHRC GM to deliver similar events for their staff and partners, and these continue to be rated highly by participants.

The internship programme is now advertising a fourth cohort which will be aimed at health care professionals and clinical managers working at the interface of primary and secondary care. This extended scope is the result of a request from Salford CCG to develop research skills in managers.