Secondment to specific projects
Dysphagia e-learning

Bev Bennett
I am a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health & Wellbeing at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU). My clinical practice has been largely in the field of neuro-rehabilitation nursing, with a special interest in stroke.  I have researched, written and presented about stroke, including the emotional experience of stroke, the inclusion of people with aphasia in stroke research; and the ethical dilemmas in researcher-participant relationships in ethnographic research.

Secondment details 
During 2010-2011, I was seconded to the Stroke and the Translating Knowledge to Action (TK2A) Themes.  In the Stroke Theme, I explored the impact of stroke on personal and sexual relationships.  I was seconded to the TK2A Theme for two days a week from March 2010 to February 2011, as the Dysphagia Knowledge Translation Facilitator.   The project piloted workplace, based blended e-learning to enhance dysphagia management in a stroke service.  My role was to deliver the blended e-learning and assist with the evaluation.

Reflections on the secondment experience
The secondment provided me with a unique and rewarding opportunity to engage in a team-led service improvement project which was clearly grounded in current practice. Working closely alongside stroke service providers enabled the project team to identify an education and training need which was addressed through developing an innovative learning package. The participating nurses positively evaluated the learning materials and mode of delivery and, as a direct, immediate result, were able to enhance their practice to more effectively meet the needs of patients with dysphagia and their relatives. As a lecturer, I was able to extend my repertoire of teaching and learning skills, as well as enhance my own knowledge of dysphagia management.

What happened next?  
Since completing the project, I have become something of a self-appointed dysphagia awareness 'champion', with a mission to embed dysphagia awareness training into the curricula of nursing and other health care students!   In 2012, I introduced dysphagia into the curriculum for registered nurse students for the first time, training over 150 students at Sheffield Hallam University.  I was awarded a DMEdSci with research about stroke in 2012.