Aims. This paper focuses on the benefits of inclusive leadership when undertaking a priority setting partnership in community nursing, through providing a collaborative and committed nurse-led forum for initiating impactful changes, identifying evidence uncertainties and driving research capacity-building initiatives.
Design. This is a Discussion paper. The project was undertaken between 2020 and 2021.
Data sources. This paper is based on shared reflections as 70@70 Senior Nurse Research Leaders and is supported by literature and theory. It draws on issues relating to collective leadership, stakeholder engagement, diversity, inclusivity and COVID-19.
Implications for nursing. The James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership catalysed the development of a rigorous evidence-base in community nursing. The collaborative opportunities, networks and connections developed with patients, carers, nursing leaders, policy makers and healthcare colleagues raised the profile of community nursing research. This will benefit nursing research, practice, education and patients in receipt of community nursing care. Collective buy in from national leaders in policy, education, funding and commissioning has secured a commitment that the evidence uncertainties will be funded.
Conclusion. Four key learnings emerged: collective leadership can ensure learning is embedded and sustained; developing an engaged stakeholder community to promote community nursing research is essential; a diverse membership ensures inclusivity and representation; and insights into the impact of COVID-19 aid progress. The process increased research engagement and created capacity and capability-building initiatives. This will help community nurses feel empowered to lead changes to practice. Sustained engagement and commitment are required to integrate research priorities into community nursing research, education and practice and to drive forward changes to commissioning and service delivery.
Impact. The study promoted research capacity building through inclusive leadership. This can increase community nurses' research engagement and career development and patient care quality and safety; this can incentivize funders and policy makers to prioritize community nursing research.
Jones, LouiseArmitage, ClaireTomlinson, Lee
Department of Nursing
Year of publication: 2022Date of RADAR deposit: 2022-09-14