The ethics of embedded research
  • Meeting Room 2, ITTC Building, Plymouth Science Park

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This seminar seeks to interactively explore ethical and practical implications around creating pathways to impact through embedded, mixed methods approaches to research. In particular it will test and explore emerging models of how researchers-in-residence achieve this while maintaining sanity, integrity and rigour within iterative and fast-paced service change and expectations of what formative and summative evaluation and research can achieve in the process.

Services in South Devon and Torbay are known for innovations in integrated health and social care. In October 2015, the NHS hospital and integrated community services merged to create an Integrated Care Organisation (ICO). The ICO and partner organisations have started implementing around 30 service innovations as part of its new care model, which seeks to deliver person-centred co-ordinated care.

Amongst these are: 1) the enhanced intermediate care service (EIC) looking to avoid hospital admission or bridging journeys back to people’s homes, and 2. rolling out multidisciplinary health and wellbeing teams including wellbeing coordinators (employed by the voluntary sector), ideally preventing people to become unwell in the first place.

The overall study approach includes researching the ICO 'case' across its localities with a mix of combining stories and numbers, building on existing service evaluations, doing additional research interviews, observations and workshops, and looking at documents. 

This will be conducted by researchers-in-residence, i.e. University researchers with honorary status based permanently with NHS teams in South Devon and Torbay. This role involves working together with key stakeholders and members of the public to develop theory for how the system is responding to the new care model and its potential impact on the experience of person centred, coordinated care. 

Further information:

This seminar by Felix Gradinger is open to Plymouth University staff, postgraduate students and researchers. Contact for any queries.

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