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Nurses are being asked to share their research findings from the Covid-19 crisis to help ensure lessons are learned from the pandemic.
The move is part of ongoing efforts by England’s chief nursing officer Ruth May to develop and raise awareness of nurse-led research.
Deputy CNO for England Susan Aitkenhead said the pandemic had shone a spotlight on the importance of the work of nurse researchers.
“There has never been such a need for nursing research capacity and capability to be front and centre”
“These colleagues have demonstrated that there has never been such a need for nursing research capacity and capability to be front and centre,” she wrote in a blog on the NHS England website.
Ms Aitkenhead revealed two senior nurse researchers had recently been appointed to work on the CNO’s new national strategy for supporting, developing and embedding research.
She also announced the creation of a Catalogue of Change – due to be launched in coming weeks – aimed at collating practice experiences and innovations in care related to the pandemic.
“Nurse-led practice has been at the centre of the national Covid-19 response and we want to ensure we learn from this and use those experiences to inform our work going forwards,” she wrote.
“Many of the examples are emerging from the CNO Shared Decision-Making Councils, which bring together nurses, sharing their learning and experience,” she added.
She said the CNO team was keen to hear from nurses interested in helping to shape the research strategy and also called on nurses to share information about research they were doing.
“If there are any current nurse-led research programmes of pieces of work that it would be useful for us to be aware of as we start to build the foundation of this work – particularly if established in response to Covid-19, please do get in touch,” she said.
Nurses who want to get involved in the CNO’s research strategy work can contact the team at [email protected]