Advanced Practice Sub-Group

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Emily Ellis, Evelina Children’s Hospital

Donna Nelson, Glasgow

The Advanced Practice Research Toolkit

Research is a fundamental pillar for those working at the level of advanced practice (HEE 2017; NHSE 2024). Research capability ensures that knowledge is translated into clinical practice, however, research is a less well-established pillar for advanced practitioners (Fielding et al 2022). Anecdotally this pillar is perceived as more difficult to achieve within the Advanced Practice (AP) role due to operational barriers.

In my previous role as Associate Professor of Nursing at Gloucestershire NHS Foundation Trust (GHNHSFT)/University of Worcester, similar research support was being requested by various APs and AP teams, who frequently indicated that they did ‘not know how or where to get started’ with the research pillar. I created the Advanced Practice Research toolkit in March 2023 to:

  • provide a framework for research discussions
  • support advanced practitioners to ‘get started’ with research
  • encourage advanced practice teams to consider their research priorities
  • enable individual and team research objective setting
  • aid appraisal discussions

A year on, the toolkit has been updated to align with the Multi-professional Practice-based Research Capabilities Framework (NHSE, 2024) and we’re soon going to be implementing the toolkit nationally!

If you’d like to find out more you can read the blog and article here and watch the webinar recording:

Gaskin K (2024) Advanced Practice Research Toolkit, Faculty for Advancing Practice April bulletin

Gaskin K (2024) Research Seminar 8 Research Toolkit for ACPs-20240131_134659-Meeting Recording.mp4 – Google Drive (starts at 29mins)
West Midlands Clinical Research network/ NIHR Research webinar 8

Gaskin K (2023) Achieving the research pillar: a research toolkit for Advanced Practitioners, Evidence Based Nursing, available at: