Both TK2A and UCHD had provided the opportunity for academic nursing staff from Sheffield Hallam University to be seconded to work on implementation projects with the intention that secondees would contribute some research expertise in addition to being provided with a staff development opportunity to learn about knowledge translation. In addition, TK2A had created several clinical secondments for front-line nursing and allied health professionals to contribute to specific projects. Clinical secondees were appointed to facilitate the uptake of evidence into practice through introducing innovative implementation strategies and evaluating the impact of changes in practice.
All seven clinical secondments were funded through CLAHRC SY to enable backfill of clinical posts. Three academic secondments were funded by CLAHRC SY and the remaining four were supported through staff development opportunities provided by Sheffield Hallam University as part of the matched funding arrangements for CLAHRC SY.
The sampling frame incorporated three perspectives; those of the secondees, the seconding organisation and host CLAHRC SY teams. The study participants comprised all 14 clinical and academic secondees plus a purposive sample of representatives from each of the other three stakeholder groups; National Health Service (NHS) managers, Higher Education Institution (HEI) managers and CLAHRC project managers. In each of these groups we identified and interviewed staff who could provide both strategic and operational perspectives.
Two facilitated focus groups, one with academic secondees (n=5) and the other with clinical secondees (n=5) were undertaken. Individual semi-structured interviews were conducted with the remaining secondees (n = 4). A self completion proforma was used to collect core information about the secondees and the secondments.