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Sunday 21 April 2019
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Service user and carer participation in developing the centre

As part of the centre’s work we are putting service users and carers at the heart of everything we do, and this includes participating in all stages of the design and work of the research projects. Participation needs to ensure we have input to the larger projects we are running (and the local ones based in teams and on the wards), but also that we develop new ideas and research projects based on what service users and carers are interested in, and which they can be integral to. We did this before with the ‘Coming Off the Meds’ project, where service users came up with the idea and worked with Trust staff to develop run and eventually publicise the results of a research project, but we’re keen to do more of these ‘community-based participatory research’ projects. As with all the work of the centre these will need to focus on changing practice and improving the care we can offer.

How does Participation work?

We’ve put together a short presentation on what participation is, which you can see here:

e are planning an overview group, which we have initially called a ‘Curiosity Group’, to help us ensure we get this right and would like this to include as many people as we can. If you are interested please contact me. When we have a date for the first one it will be advertised here.

Also we are happy to come along to existing service user or carer groups to run through what we have planned so far, and to help think how this might work with your group. Please do not hesitate to contact dhcft.research@nhs.net with any queries or to arrange to meet with us.

Staff Participation in developing the Centre

As part of the process of making the research centre inclusive and part of the work of our clinicians we tried to establish a baseline of the attitudes, knowledge and experience that staff already have of research and development processes. We ran an online survey through the Intranet and followed this up with two face to face listening events in Derby and Chesterfield. The online survey attracted responses from 172 staff, this is an encouraging response rate, being about 10% of all clinical staff from the Trust, and including a few responses from non-clinical staff too.

Overall we felt that there exists a large degree of enthusiasm from staff for progressing the work of the centre, and an existing range of skills and experience which we need to harness and develop. There is a lot of goodwill, but a lack of confidence in how to develop what people already have, the ideas and enthusiasm, and the existing skills, particularly in knowing how to take it to the next level.

We are currently working on a wider scoping exercise to assess the level and nature of the need for further training amongst staff, and will be planning more seminars and workshops to help with research awareness, evidence-based practice and developing practice-based evidence.

For more information please email: dhcft.research@nhs.net

Staff and Service User participation in research studies

If you would like to take part in any particular research, or if you're interested in finding out more about the research we conduct at the Centre for Research and Development, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you:

Tel: 01332 623700 ext 33407
Email: dhcft.research@nhs.net 

Text “Interested” to 07825 935177

We look forward to hearing from you.

Centre for Research and Develoment

The Centre for Research & Development
Kingsway Site
DE22 3LZ

T: 01332 623578
E:  dhcft.CRD@nhs.net

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