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Title: Exploring the challenges and successes of the Lecturer Practitioner role using a stakeholder evaluation approach
Contributor(s): Hancock, Helen (author); Lloyd, Hilary (author); Campbell, Steve  (author); Turnock, Chris (author); Craig, Stephen (author)
Publication Date: 2007
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2753.2006.00750.x
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Abstract: Rationale: 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 Lecturer Practitioners (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. Methodology: 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. Findings: The findings were derived from the perceptions of the stakeholders. Minimally interpretive analysis of the data resulted in identification of five themes: (i) general overview of LP’s individual qualities; (ii) preconceived notions of the post; (iii) reality of the post; (iv) areas of concern; and (v) developing the role. Conclusions: 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 modernization agenda of the NHS. It was apparent, however, that there are a number of areas in which developments are needed, and that organizational and individual actions are necessary in order to achieve the most from these posts.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 13(5), p. 758-764
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1356-1294
Field of Research (FOR): 111709 Health Care Administration
111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 920204 Evaluation of Health Outcomes
920208 Health Policy Evaluation
920210 Nursing
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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