Capacity Building Projects




This page will give you more information about specific capacity building projects led by Jo Cooke our Capacity Lead.




Supporting the evaluation of the post-masters internship scheme for NMAHPs, with CLAHRC


Programme evaluated: 9 post-masters internships secondments across multiple Trusts
The evaluation explored:
  • the extent to which internships build research capacity in individuals
  • the impact of the internships on research career development
  • the enablers for managers and organisations to release and support staff to undertake clinical research in practice
  • the enablers for mentors supporting internships
The evaluation included literature review; qualitative interviews with interns, their mentors and managers; 
qualitative analysis of interviews and internship learning diaries; qualitative data from manager and
intern workshops.

Analysis is complete. Results indicate that the internship scheme had a positive outcome for all interns 

regarding their research capacity as per the Cooke Framework (2005). A 
number of recommendations for future internship schemes have been identified and will be presented in the final report. A publication focussing on the internship experience from both the in
tern and mentor perspectives is currently being developed.

Jo Cooke was the project lead and Jo Lidster (top right) and Clare de Normanville (bottom right) were the research fellows. Please contact C.DeNormanville@shu.ac.uk for more information.






VICTOR Visible ImpaCT Of Research


We are developing a tool to collect and make visible the impact of research activity conducted within NHS 
organisations. After reviewing the existing literature and understanding how this is already captured across the NHS, we will develop a framework to identify the different domains where impact within an organisation is evident. 

Potential impacts are improved patient outcomes, systems level changes, workforce development, changes in culture and economic benefits. The tool will be piloted with four case studies from the Yorkshire and Humber region and shared across the NHS for wider utilization.

Jo Cooke is the project lead and Judith Holliday (left) and Nat Jones (right) are the research fellows. Please contact Jo.cooke@sth.nhs.uk for more information.




A Realist review of research capacity frameworks in health and social care
Research capacity development (RCD) is considered fundamental to closing the evidence-practice gap, thereby contributing to health, wealth and knowledge for practice. Numerous frameworks and models are proposed for developing research capacity, but there is little evidence of what works for whom under what circumstances. In particular there is a need to identify specific mechanisms by which candidate interventions, or clusters of interventions might achieve RCD and thus contribute to long term impact.

This project involves a realist synthesis of the research capacity frameworks literature in order to uncover the mechanisms of meaningful research capacity development in the context of health and social care. 

The investigators on this project are Jo Cooke and Andrew Booth. Please contact jo.cooke@sth.nhs.uk for more information.