Allied health professional and nurse internships scheme : evaluation of Year 1 cohort 2016

Fry, M, Siddle, HJ, Alcacer-Pitarch, B, Backhouse, M, Cramp, F, Hewlett, S, McCabe, C, Lang, G, Price, C ORCID:, Williams, AE ORCID:, Adams, J and Bowen, C 2017, Allied health professional and nurse internships scheme : evaluation of Year 1 cohort 2016 , in: British Society for Rheumatology Conference 2017, 25th-27th April 2017, International Convention Centre, Birmingham, UK.

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Background: The Allied Health Professional (AHP) and Nurse Internships Scheme 2015–18 is open to final year students or recent graduates who are predicted to receive a 2:1 or first degree in Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, or Nursing. Building on similar schemes it is a successful model of a collaborative project working with our wide consortium of researchers at the Universities of Southampton, Oxford, Salford, Leeds and the West of England. The aim of the scheme is to identify and introduce graduate AHPs and nurses to musculoskeletal (MSK) research. Methods: In 2016, 6 (4 female) graduates from Allied Health and Nursing participated in the scheme. Over an intensive 8 week period the interns contributed to the conduction of research in projects focused on key public health priorities for people with MSK conditions. Projects included both qualitative and quantitative methodology, including an investigation into online self-management support websites for patients and an assessment of footwear choices in knee osteoarthritis. The interns presented their research findings and development journey at a dissemination day held at the University of Leeds. The placements were evaluated through reflective logs and progress reports completed by the interns, supervisors and mentors. The interns completed additional evaluation questionnaires before and after their placements. Evidence of impact of the internships scheme was collated. Results: All of the interns stated their career aspirations and expectations changed over the 8 week period and all reported they now plan a future career in research. One intern quoted “In relation to my career plans, my expectations have completely changed. The scheme has provided me with the skills, knowledge and contacts I need to build my profile and apply for future research opportunities”. Supervisors and mentors reported all of the interns completed required research tasks and met or exceeded initial agreed learning outcomes. Further evidence of impact included two press releases and an article reporting on progress of the first cohort. All 6 interns wrote two blogs (pre- and post-internship) - published on the Arthritis Research UK website and have submitted a conference abstract and a journal article. Further conference and journal submissions are anticipated from all 6 interns alongside the work supporting grant applications. This scheme’s Twitter site has to date gained over 100 followers. Conclusion: Evaluation from the interns has demonstrated how valuable the scheme is in introducing newly qualified AHPs and nurses to a network of rheumatology researchers and linking their clinical roles with the latest research; benefiting patients with MSK conditions with the latest evidence-based care. All interns intend to remain involved in research, providing mentorship for future cohorts, sharing their experiences and promoting the scheme. We thank our consortium for their expertise and dedicated time with our interns.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Rheumatology
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 1462-0324
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Depositing User: C Price
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2022 11:31
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2022 11:31

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