The Queen’s Nursing Institute is supporting a new national forum for community nurses who are undertaking or considering carrying out research.

It aims to strengthen the capacity of community-based nursing research through peer support, mentorship, and supporting personal development and research opportunities. Research led by community nurses is needed to generate high-quality evidence to advance patient-centred care. The forum is open to nurses from all UK countries.

The new forum is convened by Dr Ben Bowers QN, community nurse, end-of-life care researcher at Primary Care Unit, University of Cambridge and Professor Catherine Evans, Professor of Palliative Care & Honorary Nurse Consultant at Cicely Saunders Institute, King’s College London and Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust.

There is a dearth of nurses leading and contributing to research on community healthcare and generating evidence to underpin care. Lack of evidence impedes policymakers in commissioning high-quality community healthcare and optimising outcomes for patients and their families. The Forum would create a forum to share ideas, network and build research capacity in community nurse-led research. We invite community nurses and clinical academics to work with us and key partners to form a Community Nursing Research Forum for all community nurses, regardless of experience with research. We want to be inclusive and to reflect the priorities of members."

Dr Ben Bowers QN and Professor Catherine Evans

The above quote is adapted from Building a community nursing research community of practice | British Journal of Community Nursing (magonlinelibrary.com)

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  • Would you like to get involved and help shape the new Forum?
  • Do you have ideas about what the Forum should offer or how you think it should work?

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Links

If you are exploring community nursing research, the following links may be useful:

Contacts

Dr Ben Bowers, community nurse, end-of-life care researcher at Primary Care Unit, University of Cambridge: ben.bowers@qni.org.uk and via Twitter: @Ben_Bowers.

Prof Catherine Evans, Professor of Palliative Care & Honorary Nurse Consultant, Cicely Saunders Institute, King’s College London and Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust: catherine.evans@kcl.ac.uk and via Twitter: @CatherineJanee1

The organisers are grateful to the cross-ARC Palliative and End of Life Care Collaboration for their support and encouragement.

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