Digital Innovations in Healthcare and Education

Evaluation of the impact of care experience prior to undertaking NHS funded education and training

The aim of this project is to evaluate the impact of nursing students’ care experience before they undertake NHS-funded education and training.

University of Nottingham researchers, led by Professor Jo Lymn of the Digital Innovations in Healthcare and Education (DICE) Research Group, are exploring the caring and compassionate skills, values and behaviours of a group of pre-registration students who took part in a Department of Health pilot project.

Over four years, the students will be compared with three other student cohorts who didn’t participate in the pilot.

Through questionnaires (designed as proxy measures of the 6Cs), focus groups and analysis of university academic records, the researchers will look at the influence of educational attainment and empowerment on the development of caring skills, values and behaviours. They will also explore the influence of a compassion-focused clinical supervision model and the impact this has on patients. 

The project is a longitudinal study incorporating convergent parallel mixed-methods design. Methods include a systematic search and critical review of published evidence surrounding the impact of prior care experience.

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Digital Innovations in Healthcare and Education Research Group

The University of Nottingham
School of Health Sciences
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham, NG7 2HA

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