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COMMISSIONED RESEARCH

RESEARCH IN PROGRESS

1.

Project title:

AN EDUCATION INITIATIVE IN PSYCHOSOCIAL INTERVENTIONS FOR NURSES CARING FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH SEVERE AND/OR ENDURING MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS

 

Undertaken by:

Napier University

 

Project director:

Mrs Suzanne Forrest

 

Project dates:

Commenced February 1999. Due to complete March 2001.

 

Project aim:

To encourage the development and evaluation of an educational initiative that addresses the learning needs of mental health nurses caring for individuals with severe and/or enduring mental health problems

 

Report:

Copies of the report will be available from Mrs Suzanne Forrest, Senior Lecturer, Napier University, Comely Bank Campus, Edinburgh.

 

2.

Project title:

EVALUATION OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF PROGRAMMES OF PREPARATION FOR SUPERVISORS OF MIDWIVES IN SCOTLAND

 

Undertaken by:

The University of Paisley

 

Project director:

Dr Jean Rankin

 

Project dates:

Commenced April 2000. Due to complete May 2001.

 

Project aims:

(a) To evaluate the extent to which programmes completed by supervisors of midwives equip them for the role.

(b) To assess the effectiveness of the programmes of preparation in terms of the individual, the organisation and the clients receiving the services of midwives.

(c) To make recommendations for changes in programmes where appropriate.

 

Report:

Copies of the full report will be available from Dr Jean Rankin, The University of Paisley.

 

3.

Project title:

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH NURSING IN SCOTLAND : SCOPE OF PRACTICE AND FUTURE CPD NEEDS

 

Undertaken by:

The Robert Gordon University

 

Project director:

Dr Bernice West

 

Project dates:

Commenced September 1999. Due to complete March 2001.

 

Project aim:

To obtain baseline information on the educational background and the scope of practice of occupational health nurses in Scotland which will underpin future educational developments and have relevance for the debate on the nursing contribution to public health.

 

Report:

Copies of the full report will be available from Dr Bernice West, Centre for Nurse Practice Research and Development, The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. Cost ?.

 

COMPLETED RESEARCH

1.

Project title:

CLINICAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT: THE IMPACT OF SKILLS LABORATORY BASED LEARNING ON THE ACQUISITION OF NURSING AND MIDWIFERY COMPETENCIES

 

Undertaken by:

University of Southampton, Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh and Kings College London

 

Project director:

Professor Dame Jill MacLeod Clark

 

Project dates:

March 1999 - December 2000.

 

Project aims:

(a) To identify the skill or competency to be taught and assessed giving a clear rationale for choice and criteria for measurement.

(b) To explore how achievement of competency might be influenced by:

  • different combinations of practice based learning opportunities and laboratory based learning;

  • order and sequence of learning opportunities;

  • personal learning styles of students;

(c) To explore issues of cost effectiveness of teaching methods employed.

 

Report:

Copies of the full report are available from Professor Dame Jill MacLeod Clark, University of Southampton. Email address jwb@soton.ac.uk

 

2.

Project title:

EVALUATION OF THE SUPERVISION OF MIDWIFERY AUDIT TOOL USED FOR LSA (LOCAL SUPERVISING AUTHORITY) VISITS 1997-1999

 

Undertaken by:

The University of Stirling

 

Project director:

Professor Tricia Murphy-Black

 

Project dates:

October 1999 – November 2000

 

Project aims:

To evaluate the audit tool used for LSA visits during the period 1997-1999.

 

Report:

Copies of the full report are available from Professor Tricia Murphy-Black, The University of Stirling.

 

3.

Project title:

EVALUATE THE ROLE OF THE NURSE TEACHER IN THE SUPPORT, AND AS A QUALITY ASSURER OF THE WORK, OF PRACTICE PLACEMENT SUPERVISORS

 

Undertaken by:

The University of Edinburgh

 

Project director:

Professor Margot Cameron-Jones

 

Project dates:

October 1998 – September 2000

 

Project aim:

To evaluate the role (as formally specified, and as performed) of the nurse teacher as one who supports the development of, and work of, practice placement supervisors. To inform forward planning in relation both to the nurse teacher’s role and to the quality of work of practice placement supervisors.

 

Report:

Copies of the full report are available from Professor Cameron-Jones, Faculty of Education, University of Edinburgh.

 

4.

Project title:

TO EXAMINE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF A COMPETENCY-BASED PRECEPTOR PROGRAMME FOR NEWLY QUALIFIED/NEWLY EMPLOYED STAFF NURSES

 

Undertaken by:

North Glasgow University Hospitals NHS Trust

 

Project director:

Ms Margaret Smith

 

Project dates:

November 1998 – July 2000

 

Project aim:

To examine the effectiveness of a competency-based preceptor programme to provide a framework and mechanism for preceptors to develop and implement context specific clinical guidance and support for newly qualified/newly employed staff nurses.

 

Report:

Copies of the full report are available from Ms Margaret Smith, Director of Nursing, North Glasgow University Hospitals NHS Trust. Email address Anne.Boyle@NorthGlasgow.Scot.NHS.UK

 

5.

Project title:

CORE SKILLS REQUIRED OF THE NEWLY QUALIFIED STAFF NURSE

 

Undertaken by:

Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh

 

Project director:

Miss P Runciman

 

Project dates:

April 1999 – May 2000

 

Project aim:

To seek consensus from employers and newly qualified staff nurses within both community and institutional settings in NHS and non-NHS sectors, on

  • the essential skills required on registration

  • the desirable skills required on registration

 

Report:

Copies of the full report are available from Mrs Gail De Groome, Department of Health and Nursing, Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh. Cost ? for full report, executive summary free.

 

6.

Project title:

COMPETENCE TO PRACTISE - EXAMINATION OF THE FITNESS FOR PURPOSE OF PRE REGISTRATION MIDWIFERY PROGRAMMES IN SCOTLAND

 

Undertaken by:

Glasgow Caledonian University

 

Project director:

Dr Val Fleming

 

Project dates:

March 1998 – May 2000

 

Project aim:

To examine the fitness for purpose of those registering on part 10 of the single professional register both at the point of registration and after 1 year practice.

 

Report:

Copies of the full report are available from Dr Val Fleming, Glasgow Caledonian University

 

7.

Project title:

ASSESSMENT OF THE CONTINUING EDUCATION AND TRAINING NEEDS OF NURSES WHO WORK WITH CHILDREN IN SCOTLAND

 

Undertaken by:

The University of Edinburgh

 

Project director:

Dr Dorothy Whyte

 

Project dates:

December 1998 – March 2000

 

Project aims:

(a) To provide an analysis of the continuing education and training needs of nurses who work with children and young people in Scotland.

(b) To identify continuing education and training priorities, at a local and national level.

(c) To inform forward planning through the identification of new/evolving roles for nurses working with children and young people in a range of settings.

(d) To provide recommendations to assist pre and post registration curriculum development.

 

Report:

Copies of the full report are available from Dr Dorothy Whyte, Department of Nursing Studies, University of Edinburgh.

 

8.

Project title:

COMPETENCE TO PRACTISE - EVALUATION OF THE VALIDITY AND RELIABILITY OF TOOLS TO ASSESS THE COMPETENCE TO PRACTISE OF PRE REGISTRATION NURSING AND MIDWIFERY STUDENTS IN SCOTLAND

 

Undertaken by:

Kings College London with The University of Edinburgh

 

Project director:

Professor Ian Norman and Professor Roger Watson

 

Project dates:

July 1997 – March 2000

 

Project aim:

To demonstrate methods of measuring progress in achieving competencies. To standardise the process of assessment of competence across multiple sites to the same criteria. To make recommendations about the preparation of supervisors.

 

Report:

Copies of the full report are available from Professor Ian Norman, Kings College London.

 

9.

Project title:

IDENTIFICATION OF THE POST REGISTRATION EDUCATIONAL NEEDS OF NURSING STAFF IN A RANGE OF NON-NHS SETTINGS

 

Undertaken by:

Napier University

 

Project director:

Dr Maureen Macmillan/Professor Gillian Raab

 

Project dates:

September 1997 – January 2000

 

Project aim:

To identify the post-registration educational needs of nursing staff in a range of non-NHS settings, to include independent hospitals, nursing homes, residential homes, occupational health situations and other areas.

 

10.

Project title:

SUPPORTING STUDENTS IN PRACTICE PLACEMENTS

 

Undertaken by:

Glasgow Caledonian University

 

Project director:

Dr Hazel Watson

 

Project dates:

October 1997 – December 1999

 

Project aims:

(a) To identify the range of qualifications and/or preparation of those who support students in practice placements used for pre and post-registration courses of nursing, midwifery and community care in Scotland.

(b) To identify the variety of support strategies available for students in practice placements used for pre and post-registration courses for nursing and community care in Scotland.

(c) To identify the effectiveness of different support strategies available to students at any one time in a sample of practice placements used for pre and post-registration courses of nursing, midwifery and community care in Scotland.

 

Report:

Copies of the full report are available from Dr Hazel Watson, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow. Price ?

 

11.

Project title:

AN EVALUATION OF AN INNOVATIVE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMME TO PREPARE NURSES FOR THEIR EVOLVING ROLE IN CARING FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY

 

Undertaken by:

University of Glasgow with Napier University, Edinburgh

 

Project director:

Professor Lorraine Smith

 

Project dates:

August 1996 – April 1999

 

Project aim:

To evaluate an educational package designed to prepare nurses caring for elderly people in the community.

 

12.

Project title:

WEIGHT MANAGEMENT : A REVIEW OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT APPROACHES WITHIN PRIMARY CARE

 

Undertaken by:

Centre for Health and Social Research

 

Project director:

Ms Kerstin Hinds

 

Project dates:

November 1998 – March 1999

 

Project aim:

To develop and pilot a primary care based approach to obesity management which incorporates principles of community development.

 

Report:

Copies of the full report are available from Dr Alison Hinds, Centre for Health and Social Research, Springfield House, Cupar, KY15 5UP. Price ?

 

13.

Project title:

PROJECT 2000 IN SCOTLAND: EMPLOYERS’ NEEDS AND THE SKILLS OF NEWLY QUALIFIED PROJECT 2000 STAFF NURSES

 

Undertaken by:

Queen Margaret College

 

Project director:

Miss P Runciman

 

Project dates:

December 1996 - June 1998

 

Project aims:

(a) To examine the evidence of skills acquired by nurses who have completed the Project 2000 programmes in Scotland;

(b) To identify the extent to which these skills meet the needs of their employers.

 

Report:

Copies of the full report are available from Mrs Gail de Groome, Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh. Price ?.50.

 

14.

Project title:

DEVELOPING PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE: AN EVALUATION OF WORK BASED LEARNING IN A COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING DEGREE

 

Undertaken by:

Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh

 

Project director:

Ms Belinda Dewar

 

Project dates:

May 1996 - May 1998

 

Project aim:

To determine the participants’ expectations, perceptions of the learning process, how the module is implemented, how learning outcomes are achieved and the effect on practice as viewed by participants.

 

Report:

Copies of the full report are available from Mrs Gail de Groome, Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh. Price ?.50.

 

15.

Project title:

INNOVATIONS AND GOOD PRACTICE IN DEMENTIA CARE: THE ROLE OF NURSE EDUCATION AND TRAINING - A LITERATURE REVIEW

 

Undertaken by:

Centre of Gerontology and Health Studies, The University of Paisley

 

Project director:

Professor Mary Gilhooly

 

Project dates:

February - September 1997

 

Project aims:

The aim of this review was to examine the role nurse education and training plays in the development of innovation and good practice in dementia care, in particular:

(a) what contribution does education and training make to the development of future improvements in dementia care?

(b) where there are examples of innovative or high quality care for people with dementia and their families, what educational initiatives might have underpinned their development?

(c) where there are examples of innovative care for people with dementia, what educational or staff support strategy might managers have deployed to achieve this result?

To resource the following groups -

  • Policy makers in the provision of nurse education

  • Curriculum developers within the Higher and Further Education sector and within education departments of service providers

  • Service providers within the health and social sectors

 

Report:

Available from the National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting for Scotland. Price ?00.

 

16.

Project title:

DECISION MAKING IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF SPECIALIST QUALIFICATION COURSES IN SCOTLAND

 

Undertaken by:

The National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting for Scotland

 

Project director:

Dr Tricia Murphy-Black

 

Project dates:

November 1996 - May 1997

 

Project aim:

To make recommendations to Higher Education Institutions concerning the competence specification of Specialist Qualification courses in Scotland.

 

Report:

Available from the National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting for Scotland. Price ?00

 

17.

Project title:

EVALUATION OF THE 1992 PROGRAMMES OF NURSING AND MIDWIFERY EDUCATION

 

Undertaken by:

Glasgow Caledonian University

 

Project date:

1997

 

Project director:

Professor J McIntosh

 

Project aim:

To evaluate the changes consequent on the implementation of the 1992 Programmes in Scotland by examining the teaching/learning processes of the 1992 Programmes, and their relationship to the educational outcomes for individual students.

 

Report:

Copies of the full report are available from Glasgow Caledonian University. Price ?.00.

 

18.

Project title:

AN EXAMINATION OF THE EXTENT AND NATURE OF EMPLOYER INVOLVEMENT WITH THE SPECIFICATION OF OUTCOMES OF POST-REGISTRATION COURSES IN SCOTLAND

 

Undertaken by:

The National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting for Scotland

 

Project director:

Dr Tricia Murphy-Black

 

Project dates:

January - July 1996

 

Project aim:

To make recommendations to employers in relation to involvement with planning and specification of post-registration courses and to identify further research.

 

Report:

Available from the National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting for Scotland. Price ?00.

 

19.

Project title:

A LITERATURE REVIEW ON COMPETENCE TO PRACTISE

 

Undertaken by:

The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

 

Project director:

Dr Sylvia E Wilcock

 

Project dates:

March - September 1995

 

Project aims:

(a) To identify the range of tools/methods available, or in use, for specifying competence and for assessing fitness to practise;

(b) To assess both the strengths and weaknesses and the validity and reliability of these tools, including Benner.

 

Report:

Available from the National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting for Scotland. Price ?00.

 

20.

Project title:

REVIEW OF THE NBS APPROVAL AND MONITORING REPORTS

 

Undertaken by:

Sorrel Healthcare Research and Consultancy

 

Project director:

Dr Sara Whiteley

 

Project dates:

January - April 1995

 

Project aim:

To compare and contrast reports of validation of the 1992 Programmes of Nursing and Midwifery Education in order to ascertain consistency of decision making on the conditions and recommendations.

 

Report:

Completed; for NBS use only.

 

21.

Project title:

THE ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR LEARNING WITHIN CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORKS

 

Undertaken by:

Sheffield Hallam University

 

Project director:

Mr Colin Raban

 

Project dates:

July - December 1994

 

Project aims:

(a) To make recommendations to the Board on approval criteria for the accreditation of prior learning;

(b) To create a resource for those with an interest in prior learning;

(c) To underpin further developments within the continuing education framework;

(d) To inform critical areas of judgement within the Board’s Institutional and Course Approvals Policy and Mechanisms.

 

Report:

Available from the National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting for Scotland. Price ?00.

 

22.

Project title:

LITERATURE REVIEW: THE USE OF COMPUTERS IN NURSE EDUCATION (1990 ONWARDS)

 

Undertaken by:

Mrs M McGuire

 

Project dates:

January - May 1994

 

Project aims:

(a) To identify what information is available on "Computers in Nurse Education", especially any relevant research papers and material pertaining to Scotland.

(b) To collate this material and provide a summary of the findings to the NBS.

(c) To review this material and consider whether any research questions can be generated as a result.

 

Report:

Available from the National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting for Scotland. Price ?00.

 

23.

Project title:

AN EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVE TO PROMOTE THE USE OF CLINICAL GUIDELINES IN NURSING PRACTICE

 

Undertaken by:

The Centre for Nurse Practice Research and Development (CeNPRaD), The Robert Gordon University and The Royal College of Nursing Institute in Scotland

 

Project director:

Dr Bernice West

 

Project dates:

November 1999 - April 2001

 

Project aim:

To provide nurses and other members of the multiprofessional health care team with the skills and knowledge to implement clinical guidelines in practice.

 

Report:

Copies of the full report will be available from Dr Bernice West, Director of CeNPRaD, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health and Social Care, The Robert Gordon University, Hilton Place, Aberdeen, AB24 4FP. Cost ?.