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Capturing the Real Impact of Clinical Academics in Practice

Coad, Jane; Manning, Joseph; Mills, Emma; Semple, Cherith; Johnston, Bridget; McMahon, Ann


Professor of Children and Family Nursing

Joseph Manning

Emma Mills

Cherith Semple

Bridget Johnston

Ann McMahon


The Clinical Academic Careers Framework proposes an over-arching structure to develop the clinical academic workforce whose activities have patient benefit within a clear UK programme. Traditionally this has centred on professionals from medicine and dentistry, but in the last ten years has developed into a more inclusive career framework for non-medical health professions which includes Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals (NMAHPs) and Healthcare Scientists (HCSs) that provide NHS services. As such, it is reported that clinical academic NMAHPs and HCSs can contribute to the generation and translation of new knowledge to help improve outcomes and experiences for patients. In this article, we explore key issues relating to the impact of clinical academic NMAHPs and HCSs on clinical practice in a UK context, as well as some measurements of impact, including the value and limitations of currently used metrics (such as Key Performance Indicators, or KPIs). We report that measuring the learning in practice of this novel role will need to include smart metrics alongside a person-centred approach. We share four national case studies, all of which are drawn from clinical academic researchers from different UK settings to show the real variety and differences in roles. We argue that this is the key both to learning in practice about this role, and to witnessing the real differences clinical academics make.


Coad, J., Manning, J., Mills, E., Semple, C., Johnston, B., & McMahon, A. (2019). Capturing the Real Impact of Clinical Academics in Practice. International journal of practice-based learning in health and social care, 7(2), 47-56.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 4, 2019
Online Publication Date Dec 17, 2019
Publication Date Dec 17, 2019
Deposit Date Dec 20, 2019
Journal International Journal of Practice-based Learning in Health and Social Care
Electronic ISSN 2051-6223
Publisher National Association of Educators in Practice
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 2
Pages 47-56
Keywords Clinical academic research careers; Impact in practice; Metrics of transformational change in practice
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