Strengthening the skills of the healthcare workforce has been identified in UK and EU policy as an important element of achieving greater social inclusion. When people have up-to-date skills and digital confidence they have a gateway to supportive networks, expert patient groups, advice, information, new learning opportunities, social networks and much more.
The Digital Innovations in Healthcare and Education (DICE) Research Group is carrying out world-leading research that explores new ways of boosting knowledge and providing skills and training to the healthcare workforce.
Our research outcomes contribute to improving the health service by strengthening the skills of a wide range of healthcare professionals. Making sure they have adequate qualifications to meet the changing demands of both treatment and research will have both direct and indirect economic impacts, tackling losses in productivity, extra hospitalisations and other healthcare expenditures.
Research that makes an impact
Evaluation of the impact of care experience prior to undertaking NHS funded education and training
The project aim is to evaluate the impact of care experience prior to undertaking NHS funded education and training, both on pre-registration nursing students’ skills, values and behaviours, and on service users’ experiences of care.
PACE: 5 year post-qualification follow up of diploma and master’s trained nurses
This longitudinal quantitative observational study has followed three cohorts of diploma-trained and master’s-trained nurses for the first five years of their careers.
Can healthcare assistant training improve the relational care of older people? A development and feasibility study of a complex intervention
Testing whether it’s feasible to deliver and measure the effect of healthcare assistant training in the relational care of older people within acute hospitals in England using a cluster randomised controlled trial.
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