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Notes from the Implementation Science Masterclass 2018

I have just finished attending the Implementation Science Masterclass 2018 that took place at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London on the 17th – 18th of July. I thought it would be useful to share some of my notes through some of the tweets I and others shared during the duration of this masterclass.

Before I do that, allow me to share a well used definition of implementation science in healthcare: “Implementation research is the scientific study of methods to promote the systematic uptake of research findings and other evidence-based practices into routine practice, and, hence, to improve the quality and effectiveness of health services and care. This relatively new field includes the study of influences on healthcare professional and organisational behaviour.”

Notes from lectures at the Masterclass

Notes from workshops at the Masterclass

Workshop 1: Learning healthcare systems – Prof Brian Mittman

Key notes from the session: We can and should be taking advantage of data that we routinely collect when delivering care, and learning from it to generate new knowledge. Sounds like a simple concept, but there are barriers to implement it, and the standards we have in our integrated delivery system are not always what the researchers need. High performing healthcare systems have embedded research, have mechanisms embedded to improve quality and benchmarking information. Another element is innovation, you need internal capacity to innovate, and decide whether they are successful or not, you also need capacity to scan the environment to look for external innovations, you need capacity to do PPI, train staff etc.

Workshop 2: Engaging stakeholders – from patients and the public to policy makers and practitioners – Prof Annette Boaz

Workshop 3: Getting implementation research published – Profs Greg Aarons and Nick Sevdalis

Workshop 4: Bridging the gap between research and policy – Prof Peter Littlejohns

This session was led by Prof Littlejohns who was a founding director of NICE. He believes NICE was developed as a policy maker, and not just guidance.  These three themes were covered in this session:

 20180718_140537Prof Littlejohns also recommended reading these papers:




Published in Conferences Healthcare Research Methods


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