#ResearchMatters

Getting published, starting a research project, navigating ethics approval, do you need a helping hand?

Research is important in healthcare; it should be at the heart of what we do. It is only through research and innovation that we can improve treatments, make the patient experience better and continue to develop interventions that work but don’t cost the earth. The Department of Health for England has research and innovation as a key priority(1). As a profession, radiography tends to lag behind other Allied Health Professions and nursing in terms of engagement with research; a recent research capacity audit highlighted this gap in our capability to bring in research funding, publish research outputs and produce a research ready workforce(2).

It’s not all doom and gloom though; there are pockets of excellence around the UK where research radiographers and Professors of Radiography are pushing forward this agenda. Dr Christina Malamateniou is leading a new mentoring programme for novice researchers in radiography. So if you have some research you want to publish, or an idea for a new research project or evaluation of a service, but you don’t know quite where to start why not join the scheme for the opportunity to be matched with an experienced radiography researcher to help realise your goals. Want to know more? Take a look below, join the radiography revolution show that research matters.

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 References

  1. Department of Health. Department of Health-priorities 2016 [Available from: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-of-health/about – our-priorities.
  2. Probst H, Harris R, McNair HA, Baker A, Miles EA, Beardmore C. Research from therapeutic radiographers: An audit of research capacity within the UK. Radiography. 2015;21(2):112-8.

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