The Impact Accelerator Unit (IAU) were excited to welcome three colleagues from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (Fran Hallam the Research into Practice Officer, Ciara Younge the Professional Lead for Student Engagement, and Shan Aguilar-Stone the Professional Lead for Workforce), otherwise known as the CSP, to Keele in November 2018 to discuss the IAU's implementation portfolio and find out more about the Unit.
Several of Keele's research projects were showcased in the NIHR's recent 'Moving Forward themed review', and the team from the CSP were keen to discuss with us how we can further implement those featured evidence-based innovations even further into practice.
The review, 'Moving Forward: Physiotherapy for Musculoskeletal Health and Wellbeing', brings together high-quality research from over the past decase, with the aim to provide clear direction to patients, physiotherapists, researchers, commissioners and planners of physiotherapy and musculoskeletal services. It also demonstrates how physiotherapy services can improve patients' lives whilst also reducing healthcare costs. As a consequence, the Impact Accelerator Unit held a successful meeting for strategic leaders in Staffordshire to launch the roll out of the First Contact Practitioners intervention.
IAU Director, Professor Krysia Dziedzic kick-started discussions by outlining the aims of the IAU followed by a series of presentations showcasing the Unit's work, such as STarT BACK, First Contact Practitoners, Evidence into Practice groups and JIGSAW-E.
Helen Duffy went on to provide an overview of the unit's strategic engagement with the NHS, Academic Health Science Networks and Muscuoloskeletal Networks.
Dr Steven Blackburn summarised the role of patient involvement in research, followed by Laura Campbell's summary of the Lay Involvement in Knowledge Mobilisation's contributions.
As a consequence to these discussions, Fran Hallam will be joining the Research Institute, where she will be occassionally hot-desking within the Impact Accelerator Unit, to develop a lay version of the Moving Forward review for the NIHR.