E20: Research, innovation, and quality improvement

Staff understand the importance of delivering evidence-based practice, creating opportunities for innovative working and service evaluation.

Key: e = element | k = knowledge | s = skill

Knowledge and understanding of…

the principles, methods, and stages of audit, quality improvement, and applied health research processes
research methods including qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods
the tools and systems available to inform searching for evidence from multiple sources
critical appraisal, and associated tools, for evaluating the quality of evidence
the existing evidence base in relation to own and related areas of work
the value of stakeholder involvement (public, patient and clinical) in the generation of priorities, and throughout all quality improvement and research processes: and the governance and standards surrounding this
theoretical concepts, study designs, and methodologies relevant to quality improvement and research activities in health and social care settings
local, regional, and national ethics and governance policy and approval procedures
local, regional, and national policies and structures available to support audit, quality improvement, and research activities
funding sources for quality improvement and research activities in health and social care
implementation theory and when to implement changes based on the outcomes of research and quality improvement initiatives
the methods of meaningful evaluation of interventions/programmes, and their role in improving healthcare and sharing learning/good practice
principles of writing for publication such as authorship, intellectual property, peer review, and research impact, and the importance of dissemination to meet the needs of the target audience(s)

Skills and ability to...

define, differentiate between, and contribute to audit, quality improvement, and applied health research processes
identify and access multiple sources to retrieve relevant evidence
critically appraise literature from professional, and/or academic sources, and make judgements regarding their quality and applicability to the local setting
critique and recognise gaps in the existing evidence to identify topics and generate questions relevant to policy, practice, and the 'real world' context
utilise innovative ways of working with stakeholders to generate priorities for improvement and research, achieving meaningful engagement at all stages of the process to co-produce useful outputs
design quality improvement initiatives and research studies, selecting the appropriate theory/research design to answer questions and generate innovations/improvements
undertake quality improvement and research in an ethical manner consistent with the proposed aims, objectives and outcomes
access and navigate local, regional, and national networks, building sustainable cross-boundary networks (e.g. health, social care and academia) to support and enhance quality improvement and research activities
identify relevant funding sources and develop stakeholder informed applications to support quality improvement and research initiatives aligned to local and national priorities
identify and utilise appropriate implementation theory/methods to promote the adoption of quality improvement and research findings to embed evidence-based practice and improve outcomes in health and social care
design, and conduct, meaningful evaluations with measurable indicators to determine how, why, and whether interventions/programmes achieve their intended aims
develop and disseminate findings to a broad range of audiences using multiple methods (such as open access peer reviewed journals, local advocacy groups, interactive technologies) to achieve impact, and benefit practice and/or health outcomes