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Learn and Earn Career Pathway

The Learn and Earn career pathway (LECP) was established in 2017 following a pilot by Islington, Haringey and Camden community education provider networks (CEPNs) and is managed via Community Matters.

It attempted to address some of the perceived barriers to employers’ engagement with apprenticeships by means of administrative assistance, financial incentives and the development of a bespoke ‘apprenticeship-plus’ model where additional training, particularly clinical skills, are included within the offer.

Specifically, it was set up to promote the career pathway towards nursing and to explore the viability of using apprenticeships as a sustained funding source for training required to progress along the pathway.

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Ongoing external funded projects

  • 1. Healthcare assistants’ knowledge, attitudes and experiences of preventing pressure ulcers: a mixed method study

    This study is in collaboration with Faculty of Science and Technology, Middlesex University. Awarded in March 2020.

    Aim of this study: To explore the knowledge, attitudes and experiences of healthcare assistants (HCAs) in preventing pressure ulcers (PrU) in hospital and community settings.

    Principal Investigator: Dr Liang Q Liu

    Co-investigators: Ms Jacinta Kelly, Dr Mariachiara Di Cesare, Professor Helen Allan, Professor Michael Traynor and Mrs Rachel Deegan (Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital)

    Funded by: Burdett Trust for Nursing
    Funding amount: £6,540

  • 2. A pilot study to evaluate early interventions for pressure ulcer prevention in people living with spinal cord injury who are newly discharged from hospital

    This study is in collaboration with London Spinal Cord Injury Centre, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. Awarded in May 2017.The project was registered as a NIHR Portfolio study.

    Aim and objectives: To assess the effectiveness of early intervention using text messaging as a reminder regarding concordance to ‘pressure relief’ regimen. To examine the effectiveness of early intervention using text messaging for pressure ulcer prevention

    Principal investigator: Dr Liang Q Liu

    Co-investigators: Dr Angela Gall (Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital), Ms Rachel Deegan (Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital), Dr Sarah Knight (Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital), Professor Michael Traynor, Professor Helen Allan

    Funded by: Rosetrees Trust.
    Funding amount: £18,491

Completed projects

Early detection of pressure injury using Novel Wireless Epidermal Textile Sensors in wheelchair users living with spinal cord injury

February 2017 - December 2018

Principal investigator: Dr Q Cheng (Queen Mary University London), Professor Y Hao (Queen Mary University, London)
Co-investigator: Dr Liang Qin Liu, Dr A Gall (Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital), Dr S Knight (Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital)

Funded by: MDVSN plus (Medical Device and Vulnerable Skin Network plus, EPSRC-NIHR partnership) in collaboration with Queen Mary University London
Funding amount: £48,000

An exploration of the extent and role of adherence to 'pressure relief' regimen for pressure ulcer prevention in people living with spinal cord injury

February 2015 - February 2016

Principal investigator: Dr Liang Q Liu

Co-investigators: Dr Sarah Chapman (University of Bath), Dr Angela Gall (Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital), Ms Rachel Deegan (Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital), Dr Sarah Knight (Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital), Professor Michael Traynor, Professor Helen Allan

Funding: £2,000 funded by Hospital Saturday Funds Charity and £11,005 funded by Department of Adult, Child and Midwifery
R&D funding to carry on a study in collaboration with London Spinal Cord Injury Centre, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.

Final report/publication: Liu, Liang Q. , Chapman, Sarah, Deegan, Rachel, Knight, Sarah L., Traynor, Michael , Allan, Helen T. and Gall, Angela (2020) Development and preliminary validation of a tool measuring concordance and belief about performing pressure-relieving activities for pressure ulcer prevention in spinal cord injury. Journal of Tissue Viability . ISSN 0965-206X (Published online first) (doi: 10.1016/j.jtv.2020.05.002)

A systematic review on ‘BREAST-Q measurement of the patient perspective in oncoplastic breast surgery’

2016 - 2017

Principal investigator: Dr Liang Q Liu

Co-investigators: Dr Sinead Mehigan, Mr Branford, Olivier A

Final report/publication: Liu, Liang Q. , Branford, Olivier A. and Mehigan, Sinead (2018) BREAST-Q measurement of the patient perspective in oncoplastic breast surgery: a systematic review. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery-Global Open, 6 (8). e1904. ISSN 2169-7574 (doi: 10.1097/GOX.0000000000001904)

A systematic review on ‘The effects of surgical hand scrubbing protocols on skin integrity and surgical site infection rates’

2014 - 2015

Principal investigator: Dr Liang Q Liu

Co-investigators: Dr Sinead Mehigan

Final report/publication: Liu, Liang Q. and Mehigan, Sinead (2016) the effects of surgical hand scrubbing protocols on skin integrity and surgical site infection rates: a systematic review. AORN journal , 103 (5). pp. 468-482. ISSN 0001-2092 (doi: 10.1016/j.aorn.2016.03.003)

A systematic review of electrical stimulation for pressure ulcer prevention and treatment in people with spinal cord injuries

September 2013 to February 2014

Principal investigator: Dr Liang Q Liu

Co-investigators: Moody, Julie, Dyson, Sue E., Traynor, Michael and Gall, Angela (Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital)

Final publications: Liu, Liang Q. , Moody, Julie and Gall, Angela (2016) A quantitative, pooled analysis and systematic review of controlled trials on the impact of electrical stimulation settings and placement on pressure ulcer healing rates in persons with spinal cord injuries. Ostomy Wound Management , 62 (7). pp. 16-34. ISSN 0889-5899

Liu, Liang Q. Moody, Julie, Dyson, Sue E., Traynor, Michael and Gall, Angela (2014) A systematic review of electrical stimulation for pressure ulcer prevention and treatment in people with spinal cord injuries. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine, 37 (6). pp. 703-718. ISSN 1079-0268 (doi: 10.1179/2045772314Y.0000000226)

A systematic review of interventions used to enhance compliance and implementation of the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist in adult surgery

Principal investigator: Dr Liang Q Liu

Co-investigator: Dr Sinead Mehigan

Final report is pending to submit to AORN

Externally funded evaluations

Professor Helen Allen has been involved with two externally funded evaluations:

  • 1. Audit of advanced clinical practice across London funded by Health Education England

    PI: Dr Linda Collins Kingston St George’s
    Co-I: Professor Helen Allan.

    This is due to report at the end of November 2019.

  • 2. Evaluation of Capital Nurse funded by Health Education England

    PI: Professor Helen Allan

    "It's what kept me in nursing. There's a window of opportunity, let's use it!" An evaluation of impact of capital nurse, final report, 13th October 2019.

    HEE now in purdah before the election but report to be released in the New Year. A short opinion piece is being reviewed for Nursing Standard to disseminate the evaluation’s key findings.

Transition to a Parenthood Identity: The Effects of Infertility and IVF on Heterosexual Non-Donor Infertile Couples' Experiences of Parenthood

2019

Author: Professor Helen Allan

This paper draws from a study which explored the experiences of the transition to early parenthood in 16 heterosexual non-donor couples and includes a specific consideration of the experiences of men as they navigate this journey.

The paper reports a small study with a relatively homogenous sample recruited from one fertility clinic. Nevertheless as an exploratory study of an under researched topic, we discuss useful insights and ideas for further research with larger and more diverse samples.

Early Pregnancy Study Experiences of couples in early parenthood following successful IVF: an exploratory study

Autumn 2017 - Spring 2019

Purpose of the study

Pilot study to test an interview schedule and a questionnaire to measure health and wellbeing in previously infertile couples as they transition to early parenthood after successful non-donor IVF; and to compare their experiences with those of fertile couples who conceive spontaneously.

This study has seen the formation of an interdisciplinary collaborative team which investigates the implications on IVF/ICSI conception and delivery of a baby for couples’ lives in early parenthood.

Investigators

  • Professor Helen T Allan
  • Dr Ginny Mounce (Oxford University)
  • Professor Olga van den Akker
  • Professor Lorraine Culley (De Montfort University)
  • Dr Andrew Symon (Dundee University)

Metaphor use by patients with long-term conditions: a secondary qualitative data analysis

Autumn 2017 - Spring 2019

Authors: Lempp, Healey, Allan, Santana-Suarez, Arber, Lawrence, Gillet, Bristowe.

This is an interdisciplinary study drawing on primary data from 8 different studies undertaken by the authors as PhDs. Most of the authors are jointly sociological researchers and health professionals.

The study explores the use of metaphor by patients with long-term conditions to inform how story telling and metaphors can be understood by health professionals and used to enter the world of patient experience and thus provide person-centred care.

  • Past research projects

  • Feasibility study to evaluate an evidence-based toolkit designed to support qualified nurses in their delegation and supervision of HCAS

    November 2015 - April 2016

    Purpose of the study

    A feasibility study to test the design of an intervention study to evaluate the nurse delegation and supervision tool (NDST) in general medical care of frail elderly patients.

    Investigators

    Principal investigator: Professor Helen T Allan (PI) 
    Other investigators: Dr Carin Magnusson (University of Surrey) and Dr Kit Tapson and Dr Liang Liu (Middlesex University, CCRNM)
    Collaborators: Dr Maggie Davies (West Sussex Hospitals Foundation Trust - Worthing)
    Funded by: Burdett Trust for Nursing

    Download the project report

  • MDX-funded mixed methods study with University of Ghana

    September 2015 - September 2016

    Purpose of the study

    A project exploring volunteering in the UK and Ghana, its current scope and impact and how positive attitudes toward volunteering can be incorporated into pedagogic practice.

    The aim of the project is to create a development package to support undergraduate nursing students on their programmes, include volunteering in everyday life, and assist academic staff in incorporating volunteerism into their nursing programmes.

    Investigators

    Collaborators: Professor Sue Dyson, Professor Olga van den Akker, Dr Sheila Cunningham, Dr Liang Liu (Middlesex University) and the  University of Ghana
    Funded by: Middlesex University Department of Adult, Child and Midwifery Research and Knowledge, and Transfer Incentives Monies

  • Development and preliminary evaluation of an intervention package to support parents of excessively crying infants

    November 2014 - November 2016

    Purpose of the study

    This research was a first step in developing and evaluating new evidence-based NHS services to support parents whose babies cry for prolonged amounts of time. It aimed to find out whether a large-scale study is justified.

    Investigators

    Principal investigator: Professor Ian St James-Roberts
    Other investigators

    • Professor Stephen Morris (University College London)
    • Dr Rosemary Garratt (De Montfort University)
    • Professor Sue Dyson (Middlesex University)
    • Ms Nicy Turney (Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust)
    • Ms Christine Buzzard (Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust)
    • Dr Elaine Boyle (University of Leicester)
    • Ms Rachel Plachcinski (National Childbirth Trust)
    • Ms Sally Rudge (Consultant Clinical Psychologist)
    • Mr Charles Owen (Institute of Education)
    • Mrs Jan Bullen (Chairperson of Cry-sis)

    Funded by: NIHR
    Collaborating partners: Middlesex University, De Montfort University, Institute of Education at  University of London, Leicestershire Partnership Trust, Cry-sis

  • Evaluation of the roll out of the care certificate in Islington Community Education Provider Network

    December 2014 - May 2015

    Purpose of the study

    A report commissioned by HENCEL and produced on behalf of Middlesex University, School of Health and Education.

    Investigators

    Principal investigator: Professor Michael Traynor
    Other investigators: Dr Kevin Corbett, Dr Sinead Mehigan
    Funded by: Whittington Health and Health Education North Central and East London (HENCEL) 
    Funding amount: £34,945

    Download the project report

  • A realist evaluation of the development of general practice placements for student nurses in north central and east London

    January 2015 - April 2015

    Purpose of the study

    A report commissioned by Health Education North Central and East London (HENCEL) and produced on behalf of the School of Health and Education, Middlesex University.

    Investigators

    Principal investigator: Sinead Mehigan
    Other investigators: Kathy Wilson, Anki Odelius, Kevin Corbett, Jacqueline Grove
    Funded by: HENCEL

    Download the project report

  • What do we know about the implementation and effectiveness of the key/super mentor role? A literature review

    December 2014 - March 2015

    Investigators

    Principal investigator: Dr Sinead Mehigan 
    Other investigators: Professor Michael Traynor, Kathy Wilson
    Funded by: HENCEL

    Download the project report

  • Scoping the role of the nurse consultant

    2014

    Purpose of the study

    The project aimed to provide HENCEL with a detailed review of progress of nursing research and development being delivered through the nurse consultant role across north central and east London. We were able to conclude from the project that nurse consultants were created as an occupational position without an initial precise definition of their role. Their numbers and precise remits have therefore developed organically, with no necessary agreed set of activities that define the role.

    Investigators

    Principal investigators: Professor Michael Traynor, Professor Sue Dyson
    Other investigators: Dr Liang Liu
    Funded by: HENCEL

    Download the project report

  • Education in clinical practice: practice learning, mentorship and supervision

    October 2013 - July 2014

    Investigators

    Principal investigator: Kathy Wilson
    Other investigators: Professor Michael Traynor, Dr Sinead Mehigan, Oznur Korukcu 
    Funded by: HENCEL
    Funding amount: £70,000

    Download the project report

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