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    Reflecting on activities which support public involvement within an evaluation of public involvement reports from facilities funded by the national institute for health and care research: a co-produced commentary.
    (Springer Nature., 2024-05-10) Aries, Alison
    Although including public contributors as members of research teams is becoming common, there are few reflections on how they have been incorporated, and almost none of these reflections are co-produced with public contributors. This commentary, written by both academics and a public contributor, reflects on Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) activities when undertaking a framework analysis of PPI sections of annual reports from the National Institute for Health and care Research (NIHR) funded research centres. The UK Standards for Public Involvement (inclusive opportunities, working together, support and learning, communications, impact and governance) were used to structure our reflections. Key topics of reflection were: how difficult it is, in practice, to incorporate PPI into all aspects of the research cycle, especially when completing a commissioned research project on a short time-frame, and the complexities of incorporating PPI into qualitative analysis. Although useful when reflecting upon our own PPI practices, ways in which the UK Standards for Public Involvement could be improved were suggested. We hope that the co-produced recommendations can be used by other teams engaging with public contributors.
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    Update on the research ABC project (AHPs Building Capacity Across the Black Country).
    (Institute of Health & Social Care Management., 2024-02-08) Aries, Alison
    The Research ABC Project, led by Dr Ali Aries, Allied Health Professional (AHP) Research Lead at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) is an eight-month long project (August 2023–March 2024) funded by a Clinical Research Network West Midlands (CRN WM) Improvement and Innovation grant. The aims of the project are to enable the Black Country Integrated Care System (ICS) to address the four domains of Health Education England’s Allied Health Professionals Research and Innovation Strategy for England: capacity, capability, context and culture (Allied Health Professions’ Research and Innovation Strategy for England | Health Education England (hee.nhs.uk) and to develop a local plan and infrastructure to embed the strategy within the Black Country.
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    Driving research opportunities for allied health professionals (AHPs).
    (Institute of Health & Social Care Management., 2023-10-23) Aries, Alison; Leslie, Rosylyn; Wallace, Louise
    An innovative project in the Black Country (Research ABC) will assess current research capability and then train and support Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) to enhance their knowledge, awareness and confidence in research.
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    Research ABC: evaluation of the team's perspectives.
    (The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust., 2024-04-12) Aries, Alison
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    What are the experiences of nurses delivering research studies in primary care?
    (Cambridge University Press, 2023-07-12) Ballintine, Azaria
    Background: Clinical research provides evidence to underpin and inform advancements in the quality of care, services and treatments. Primary care research enables the general patient population access and opportunities to engage in research studies. Nurses play an integral role in supporting the delivery of primary care research, but there is limited understanding of nurses' experiences of this role and how they can be supported to facilitate the delivery of research. Aim: To explore the experiences of nurses delivering research studies in primary care settings. Methods: We identified studies published between 2002 and June 2021 from key electronic databases. A two-level inclusion/exclusion and arbitration process was conducted based on study selection criteria. Data extraction and quality appraisal were performed simultaneously. Data were analysed in the form of a narrative synthesis. Findings: The key themes identified included: (1) what nurses value about primary care research and their motivations for study engagement, (2) the role of nurses in research, (3) working with research teams, (4) study training, (5) eligibility screening, data collection and study documentation, (6) nurse/participant dynamic, (7) gatekeeping, (8) relationships with colleagues and impact on recruitment, (9) time constraints and workload demands, and (10) health and safety. Conclusions: Nurses are integral to the delivery of research studies in primary care settings. The review highlights the importance of good communication by study teams, timely and study-specific training, and support from colleagues to enable nurses to effectively deliver research in primary care.