The programme of work undertaken by the Translating Knowledge into Action (TK2A) Theme came to an end on 31 December 2013. We worked collaboratively with NHS partners to promote evidence-based care across South Yorkshire since 2008. We would like to thank everyone for their contribution to each of the 15 projects undertaken during the last five years.
Most of our projects focused on clinical priorities identified by our partners where there is a gap between best evidence and current practice. We developed a model of partnership working to underpin our implementation activity. Our projects were embedded within the NHS with shared ownership and responsibility for success. Through ‘co-production’ ideas were developed into robust plans that were implemented and evaluated jointly. Partnership working occurred at all levels; from engaging senior managers at Board level to front-line clinicians, multi-disciplinary teams and patient groups. We used implementation science to guide our activity, particularly adaptation to fit the local context and to ensure maximum impact. Evaluating these approaches enabled us to learn about what knowledge translation strategies work best in different situations.
We also developed capacity in CLAHRC partners to undertake implementation through providing secondment opportunities for clinical and academic staff. A total of ten practitioners, six academics and fifteen students completing the NIHR MSc Clinical Research and other master’s courses have benefited from involvement in TK2A projects.
This website, which contains a wealth of detail, is one of the legacies of our work. If you would like further information about the CLAHRC for South Yorkshire, or the CLAHRC for Yorkshire and Humber, which starts on 1 January 2014, please contact Professor Kate Gerrish.