A new report has showcased the value of research placements for nursing and midwifery students.
Universities should consider research placements for student nurses, midwives and allied healthcare professionals, according to a new report.
A new report by the Council of Deans of Health showcases the value of research placements for nursing, midwifery and allied health profession students and how they can be successfully set up.
Research placements would be set up for healthcare students in a similar way to any other practice learning experience and could cover different types of research from service improvement and audit to clinical trials.
According to the report, a “research placement will not only develop students research skills but also key leadership and communications skills such as decision making, problem solving, critical analysis and delegation. As with other practice learning experiences, it should provide students with an opportunity to achieve their learning outcomes and to enhance their professional skills, understanding and employability.”
This report follows on from the 2019 publication Becoming research confident to address the recommendation that further collaboration between universities and practice partners is needed to increase ‘hands on’ research.
The Council of Deans of Health says their report is backed up by the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s standards for undergraduate education and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) proficiency standards.
Universities across the UK have trialled research placements with generally positive results.
Professor Brendan McCormack, the Council’s Lead Member for Research, said: “It is essential for all healthcare professionals to have an understanding of the role of research in assessing, evaluating and improving practice.
“Research placements allow students to make sense of research ideas, principles and methodologies that might seem alien when only talked about in a classroom.
“The case studies included in this report show how research placements can be set up, delivered, and the positive response from both staff and students.”