Knowledge Health and Place is committed to developing new approaches to the study of increasingly complex interventions combining multi-method empirical work with knowledge engagement and mobilisation strategies. The scope of the theme is vast and projects span different countries transferring and mobilising knowledge to inform and improve health and social care practice.
Knowledge and information are the cornerstone of evidence based practice and the digital society, and transdisciplinary collaborations have provided different research opportunities. This includes project drawing on established evidence based practice in hand hygiene and embedding knowledge to reduce infection in a collaborative project in Uganda. Evidence based projects are changing the way health information is delivered to patients and work with a professional counselling body (BACP) is pioneering the development of evidence based professional competencies. Evidence supported librarians to demonstrate their impact and value to stakeholders, performing a national advocacy role for the profession. A systematic scoping review for the NHS Library and Knowledge Services provided rigorous evidence to inform the need to increase in the number of clinical librarian posts across the health service. It also provided an evidence based toolkit to enable UK health libraries to measure and demonstrate their impact and performance.
The research programme combines significant expertise in systematic review, qualitative and quantitative and participatory method with established expertise on evidence based practice, policy transfer and knowledge mobilisation. The emphasis on research methods and approaches provides the underpinning support for our growing community of early career and post graduate researchers.