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Hancock, Helen; Lloyd, Hilary; Turnock, Chris; Craig, Stephen; Campbell, Steve (2007)
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Languages: English
Types: Article
Subjects: A900
Rationale \ud Plans for NHS reform include strategies to reduce the gap between theory and the realities of clinical practice, with the aim of improving patient care. The role of the Lecturer Practitioner (LPs) as educators for nurses who "bridge" the theory-practice gap forms a central part of this strategy. Given the amount of investment in the role and its potential, this study sought to evaluate the impact of the LP role within the education and practice setting from the perspective of key stakeholders. \ud Methodology \ud The study, which included five LPs from a range of backgrounds, followed the principles of stakeholder evaluation. Each LP and their line manager identified six informants who were familiar with the LP’s role. The total sample consisted of 36 participants. Semi-structured interviews were used to gain the perceptions of stakeholders about the LP role. The emerging themes were then discussed, consensus reached, and a collaborative project report produced. \ud Findings \ud The findings were derived from the perceptions of the stakeholders. Minimally interpretive analysis of the data resulted in identification of five themes: • General Overview of LP’s Individual Qualities • Preconceived notions of the post • Reality of the post • Areas of concern • Developing the role. \ud Conclusions \ud The findings indicated that the LP role provides a credible and valuable link between theory and practice and, as such, is an important contribution to the modernisation agenda of the NHS. It was apparent, however, that there are a number of areas in which developments are needed, and that organisational and individual actions are necessary in order to achieve the most from these posts.

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