Research and evidence

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There is a wealth of evidence based practice to help us improve our work. However, there remains a need for robust evaluation, embedded from the outset, so that we can demonstrate our positive impact. We must routinely capture and analyse data which accurately measure the impact of our work. In research, education and practice, clear outcome measures will give us a greater understanding of what we achieve and the public a greater understanding of our role.

Commitment 7 states:

We will lead and drive research to evidence the impact of what we do.

We have committed to:

  • Celebrating and showcasing achievement and success.
  • Building competence and capability to identify unwarranted variation.
  • Using the relevant metrics and outcome measures, to increase productivity and efficiency whilst driving up quality.
  • Sharing our findings both nationally and internationally.

Our key messages are to:

  • Use learning from our research to innovate and improve care and define our contribution and value.
  • Recognise the value of collecting data electronically where possible at the point of care using modern technologies.
  • Establish international partnerships to mutually support learning on global best practice.
  • Participate in networks that will help drive the uptake of innovation across the sectors such as Academic Health Science Networks.

Plans are:

  • With academic partners identify and progress opportunities to develop and create a Leading Change, Adding Value research portfolio to reduce unwarranted variation in practice and in doing so start to build and demonstrate an underpinning evidence base.
  • Identify national research priorities on supporting nursing, midwifery and care staff to identify, address and reduce unwarranted variation in practice.

These pages will reflect this work as it grows.