Monday 27th March 2017
Events - Forthcoming
Literature searching advice and assistance
Overloaded with references when searching for literature, or frustrated at not being able to find anything?
Are you trying to look for literature to support your practice, for a project, or for a qualification and finding too much or too little?
Would you like advice about how to be more productive in your literature searching? If so, you might like to sign up for a free, one-to-one training session, provided by a professionally qualified librarian, which is available to all staff and students based at the Wythenshawe site.
Sessions usually last about an hour and take place at the ERC Library, but we can come to your place of work if required. If you are interested in this training, please complete and submit the One to One Literature Search Training session request form. You will then be contacted to arrange a date and time for your personal literature searching session.
Events - Past
Transforming Knowledge: Closing the Research Evidence-Practice Gap
Thursday 30th April 2009 - Lecture Theatre 1 (ERC, UHSM)
On 30th April a conference about knowledge translation was held at the ERC. It included an inspiring talk from Professor Lesley Degner who is establishing an innovative learning centre for nurses in Canada, which fits with her current focus on how practitioners can be assisted to use the latest research evidence in their daily practice (see http://www.sbrc.ca/content/blogcategory/270/330/). Helen Pidd described the results of a project exploring research activities among nurses and allied health professionals in the north west. She was followed by Professor Christi Deaton, who updated the audience on activities taking place at UHSM to promote the use of research in practice, including a reference to the work of MERG (Multi-professional and Evidence-based practice Research Group).
In the afternoon, a series of workshops on the topics of reproductive health, cancer and vascular conditions were held. Researchers from the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work (University of Manchester) and staff from UHSM gave presentations, some of which are provided below.
Over 100 people attended part or all of the day. Feedback on the day was extremely positive. Afternoon presentations were rated as excellent by 63.2% of people returning a feedback form, as good by 31.6% and as average by 5.2%. Relevance of the conference to practice was also rated highly as shown in the following chart.
An introduction to focus groups
Monday 26th January 2009 (9.30am-12.30pm) – Seminar Room 7 (ERC)
Focus groups are a well-established research method within health services literature. As well as being used in research, focus groups can also be employed to collect views and concerns from patients and members of staff to help with service improvement.
This short workshop, run by members of MERG (Multi-professional Evidence-based practice and Research Group) will provide an introduction to the process of conducting a focus group. It will include practical tips from staff familiar with this mode of collecting data. The workshop will cover setting up the focus group, how to ensure that it works on the day, and how to analyse the information you get back. At the end of the session, those attending should have a better understanding of the steps involved in this process. It will include a demonstration of running a focus group from those presenting.
For further details, or to book a place, please contact Stephanie Tierney. All nurses and allied health professionals are welcome, but spaces are limited. Therefore, people who book a place are asked to let Stephanie know as soon as possible if they are no longer able to attend because we will have a waiting list.
Critical Thinking Workshop
Thursday 15th January 2009 (11.00am-4.30pm)
Members of MERG are currently working with an enthusiastic group of Band 6/7 nurses and allied health professionals to foster critical thinking and involvement in audits to improve practice. On 15th January we are going to hold a workshop with them on the topic of analysing data collected for an audit.
Critical Thinking Workshop – ‘Making sense of your data’
On 15th January 2009, members of MERG ran a practical workshop on data analysis for audits. Those attending learnt to use Excel for this purpose. They also had an introductory session on descriptive statistics.
A copy of the dataset and questions used for the practical session and a workbook running through how to use Excel for basic analysis can be found on the audit section of the website.
Seminar Series: Winter to Spring 2009
7th January, 4th February, 4th March & 1st April (2.30-3.30pm) - Lecture Theatre 2 (ERC)
Would you like to hear about how results from locally conducted research apply to practice and to improving patient care ?
Seminar Series Winter to Spring 2009 - Details
All presentations will take place between 2.30-3.30pm, on the first Wednesday in the month, in Lecture Theatre 2 (ERC).
PowerPoint slides for talk by Catherine Walshe
Feel your way and find your feet!
Using case study in palliative care
(presentation on 7th January 2009)
PowerPoint slides for talk by Maria Horne
Are focus groups a useful data collection tool?
(presentation on 26th January 2009)
Critical thinking workshop
17th October 2008
Members of MERG are currently working with an enthusiastic group of Band 6/7 nurses and allied health professionals to foster critical thinking and involvement in audits to improve practice. On 17th October we held a workshop with them (see photographs of this day), whereby participants were asked to consider barriers and enablers to their performance of audits. Jonathan Swift from the Audit Department delivered an enlightening talk on the process of audit within the Trust, which stimulated a lot of discussion on the topic. In addition, the group considered ways of moving forward to ensure that the activities of the day were not a one off. It has been decided to hold a follow-up event on 15th January 2009, at which participants will present details of audits they are working towards completing.