Way Forward Doncaster: Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) INSPIRE project

Evidence-based practice offers many advantages to patients, clinicians and health service providers. Whilst clinical guidelines aim to help put evidence into practice, there are many challenges to implementing clinical guidelines.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) developed Inspire, a resource to collate clinical guidelines from multiple sources. Inspire aims to enable clinicians to access and understand what guidelines could look like in practice. To better understand how such knowledge can translate into practice and explore the role of the CSP in supporting their members to implement guidelines, the CSP has linked with implementation science experts at the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health, Research and Care Yorkshire and Humber (NIHR CLAHRC YH). They will both work with Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (DBHFT) to plan and develop strategies to implement evidence based recommendations from Inspire.

The project will focus on strategies to support Musculoskeletal Outpatient Physiotherapy Services at Doncaster Royal Infirmary to deliver Inspire evidence-based guidelines on weight management. Using a participatory and co-productive approach, patients and clinicians with experience of this pathway will work together to identify local issues and barriers to implementation and develop new strategies to overcome these.

These ideas may be used to develop frameworks to support evidence-based practice at both a local and national level.

A draft report is available here.

The project team have produced this video to explain more about Way Forward and how it would work in practice.

Local Research Champion : Jennifer Harris

Jennifer has worked at Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust since 2004 after graduating with BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy from Sheffield Hallam University. She specialised as a Senior Children’s Physiotherapist in 2006 working with children and young people with musculoskeletal, neuro-developmental, rheumatology and orthopaedic conditions. In 2015, Jennifer participated in the Health Education England / National Institute for Health Research Integrated Clinical Academic (HEE/NIHR ICA) Internship Programme supported by Research & Development NorthWest. She is due to complete HEE/NIHR ICA MSc in Clinical Research Methods at the University of Leeds in 2017 inspired by and promoting principles in paediatric musculoskeletal physiotherapy and public health.