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|University of Southampton, England|
|ScientificTracks Abstracts: Adv Practice Nurs|
|Manley (1996) subscribed to the notion of advanced practice as that which advances nursing practice encompassing the role of educator, researcher and consultant, promoting and developing clinical nursing from clinical to strategic and policy levels effectively driving patient and health care delivery. However, deficits in the development of research leadership, capacity and capability among healthcare professionals within the United Kingdom (UK) were reported. Leadership education and research remained key to advanced practice. Rapid change within the health and social care arena has meant that more sophisticated knowledge and skills related to service/practice design and redevelopment as well as governance are required. The document published in December 2015, ‘Delivering the Forward View: NHS planning guidance’, refers to research and its improvement within the NHS, in implementing research proposals and initiatives, leadership of service developments. The Doctorate in Clinical Practice (DClinP) programme places emphasis on strengthening clinical practice alongside research leadership, building on existing expertise focussing on practice in health and social care, promoting contribution made to meeting global contemporary health and social care challenges, thereby improving patient outcomes. Within the last five years, approximately 24 students have been awarded a doctorate. The impact of clinical and research leadership training is evident. Practitioners have talked about being aware of a whole new world of research and academic practice, and the wider career opportunities available. The strength of the programme and its impact is in advancing practice through its rich mix of intellectual stimulation increasing research capacity and research-led practice.|
Tracey Harding completed her Doctorate in Clinical Practice in 2015 from the University of Southampton. She is the lead for the doctoral programmes within the Faculty of Health Sciences, which include the Clinical Doctorate, the PhD as well as an integrated PhD and Clinical Doctoral Fellowship schemes. She is currently writing her research for publication, a psychosocial study of alcohol and families, with other examples of publications from previous research on leadership and decision making and a discussion paper on binge drinking and cognitive impairment. She is a Member of the Research sub-committee of a National Charity.
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