Getting Started in Research Research and the Radiography Profession A Strategy and Five Year Plan Published October 2005 Why do research? A profession must have its own unique body of knowledge
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A Strategy and Five Year Plan
Published October 2005
“ Radiography has been considered by some to be semi-professional since much of its knowledge base was built on research undertaken by medical practitioners and physicists, rather than by radiographers.”
Radiography is significantly underweight when compared with other allied health professionals
A Strategy for the Education and Professional Development of Radiographers, CoR (2002)
“ To promote study and research work in radiography and radiotherapeutic technology and allied subjects and to publish the results of all such study and research.”
“ To outline the responsibilities and commitment required of all radiographers to include research skills as part of their occupational development, for the advancement of the profession, and for the benefit of their patients.”
Research in Radiography
Other topics are also considered
Has it been done before? (no problem build on this research by following their recommendations)
It hasn’t been done before (has something similar been done where you can modify their methodology)
I haven’t done any research before
Look to your local academic department, is there anybody who might be interested in working with you
Your R+D department (also money can be available)
Research Committee SCoR can offer support
Put together your Research ProposalPutting together your research idea
Importance of the research / justification
Demonstrated ability to do the work
Robustness of the research methods
Quality of presentation – typos / formatting etc
Well organised proposal that is simple, and logical
Research team have evidence of a good track record
The budget is reasonable, believable and justified, with rational arguments for including consumables, equipment and other items
Consideration of EthicsWhat makes a good research proposal?
Writing organises your thoughts
Assume your audience know nothing of your field
Know where your audience are coming from
Avoid writing with 'attitude‘
Avoid writing in the first person
SignpostingWhat makes a good proposal: well organised and thought out
When will they do the work?
Other support – statistics, administration.
Good balance of research expertise and topic expertise.
Experienced researchers or mentorship/supervision.What makes a good proposal: A well balanced project team
Dissemination strategyWhat makes a good proposal: A well thought out budget
If research is to be conducted in a University then university ethical process will apply
If research is to be conducted in the NHS, on NHS staff, patients, carers or users (including their stored data) then NHS Research Ethics Review is Required
You are not alone your R+D department can help you with this process. Visit www.nres.npsa.nhs.ukfor more informationWhat makes a good proposal: Ethics
For NHS based research:
R+D info contains all the funding sources plus deadlines for any calls.
Professional Body SCoR research funding (£50,000 a year).
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
For educational research
Educational monies spread across the research councils.
Teaching quality enhancement fund.Funding Sources