An evaluation of a nurse led unit: an action research study

Williamson, T ORCID:, Rawle, A, Bacon, E, Cooper, E, Davies, N, Eastwood, J, Evans, A, Freeman, S, Green, J, Hindley, G, Jeffreys, J, Johnson, J, Lee, N, Low, J, Martin, J, Rayner, J, Reynolds, P, Richardson, M, Sewell, B, Tickner, D and Whitworth, J 2006, An evaluation of a nurse led unit: an action research study , Project Report, University of Salford, Salford, Manchester.

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This study is an exemplar of working in a participatory way with members of the public and health and social care practitioners as co-researchers. A Nurse Consultant Older People working in a nurse-led bed, intermediate care facility in a community hospital acted as joint project lead with an academic researcher. From the outset, members of the public were part of a team of 16 individuals who agreed an evaluation focus and were involved in all stages of the research process from design through to dissemination. An extensive evaluation reflecting all these stakeholders’ preferences was undertaken. Methods included research and audit including: patient and carer satisfaction questionnaire surveys, individual interviews with patients, carers and staff, staff surveys, graffiti board, suggestion box, first impressions questionnaire, patient tracking and a bed census. A key aim of the study has been capacity building of the research team members which has also been evaluated. In terms of impact, the co-researchers have developed research skills and knowledge, grown in confidence, developed in ways that have impacted elsewhere in their lives, developed posters, presented at conferences and gained a better understanding of the NHS. The evaluation itself has provided useful information on the processes and outcomes of intermediate care on the ward which was used to further improve the service.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > RT Nursing
Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Schools > School of Health and Society
Publisher: University of Salford
ISBN: 1905732120
Funders: Derbyshire County NHS PCT
Depositing User: T Williamson
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2011 11:47
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 11:02

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