Invitation for UK community nurses from Ben Bowers and Prof Catherine Evans
New UK Community of Practice will support community nurses with research opportunities, peer support and mentorship.
Research led by community nurses is needed to generate high-quality evidence to advance patient-centred care. Our recent editorial in the British Journal of Community Nursing explains that research opportunities, peer support and mentorship will help community nurses get involved in research.
So we invite community nurses and clinical academics from across the UK to work with us and key partners to form a Community Nursing Research Community of Practice.
The new Community of Practice is for all community nurses, regardless of experience with research. We want to be inclusive and to reflect the priorities of members.
We plan to learn from a similar community of practice for trainees in palliative medicine, that was formed to share and build research activities, such as audits of practice at scale and engagement in research projects. Our new Community of Practice would aim to strengthen research capacity in community-based nursing research through similar activities and promoting and supporting personal development opportunities.
We invite you to get in touch if you have any questions.
Ben Bowers (community nurse, end-of-life care researcher at Primary Care Unit, University of Cambridge) and Prof Catherine Evans (Professor of Palliative Care & Honorary Nurse Consultant at Cicely Saunders Institute, King’s College London and Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust)
Image: thanks to the Queen’s Nursing Institute and photographer Kate Stanmore