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Approaches to measuring the impact of nurse consultants on patient and professional outcomes

Investigators Professor Kate Gerrish, Dr Ann McDonnell, Dr Fiona Kennedy
Funded by Burdett Trust for Nursing
Amount £149,824
Dates May 2009 - May 2011

Aim

This project focused on empowering nurse consultants to manage patient care more effectively, and aimed to provide them with the expertise to identify and measure patient outcomes, the patient experience and the impact they have on the care provided by other health care professionals. 

Impact

The study generated a practical toolkit guidance to help nurse consultants evaluate their impact in terms of outcomes which are meaningful to a range of stakeholders, including patients. 

A mixed methods approach was used including a systematic review of existing evidence on the impact of nurse consultants, a mapping exercise of nurse consultant roles, a series of case studies of nurse consultants and an iterative collaboration involving nurse consultants working with a specialist panel to identify appropriate patient and professional sensitive indicators to demonstrate quality outcomes for nurse consultant roles.

An interactive toolkit has been produced to help nurse consultants capture their impact. This has been widely disseminated to NHS partners and nurse consultant groups. Full details of the project and the toolkit can be found at on the project website.

Project team

Dr Fiona Kennedy - PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons)
Professor Ann McDonnell - Emeritus Professor, PhD, MSc, MSc, BSc, RGN, RNT

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