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1 Using mobile technology to develop research skills in clinically based Allied Health Professionals. Heidi Probst 1, Tom Holland 2, Mel Lindley 1, Ann McDonnell 1, Steve Sidaway 2, Sue Walsh 1, C Wright 1. 1 Sheffield Hallam University, 2 MyKnowledgeMap

2 Allied Health Professionals There are over 130,000 Allied Health Practitioners (AHPs) working across a range of sectors in the UK; contributing critical expertise in a number of care pathways. Therapy radiographers Diagnostoc radiographers Occupational Therapists Physiotherapists

3 1-The Problem Research from AHPs is known to lag behind that of nursing and medicine resulting in a lower evidence base to services and care compared with other professions. DH policy focuses on the need for greater innovation in health care delivery. Research and intrapreneurial activity (corporate entrepreneurs) are inextricably linked.

4 National Drivers that Frame the Problem QIPP (Quality Innovation, Productivity and Prevention) 3 These agendas needs innovative, intrapreneurial practitioners across a range of professions to drive change. Liberating the NHS: Developing the healthcare Workforce Health Education England- The Outcomes Framework Radiotherapy: Developing a world class service

5 2-The Problem “ The role of the radiographer in…” “The role of complimentary therapy in..” “Don’t know but something about breast cancer” A lack of creativity in dissertation topics from students

6 © Sheffield Hallam University There appears to be a disconnect between practitioners day to day service delivery problems and University supported learning. Access to online e-learning courses from within the hospital environment is problematic- tools such as Blackboard and Pebblepad access is restricted because of tight hospital firewalls making University supported learning in the workplace difficult. To increase innovative thinking in our students maybe we need to be more innovative

7 Developing Research Skills through an Intrapreneurial Lens “individuals who take responsibility for developing new innovations, thinking outside the box and showing creativity who operate within an existing organization”. Dayhoff and Moore (2003)

8 The Path to Intrapreneurship ©Sheffield Hallam University

9 Translation of the Intraprenurial Pedagogy into a Task Based Smartphone App- The RAHP App

10 Task 1Elevator Pitch- The research idea 2The Literature in the Field 3Method/Study Design 4Gaining Stakeholder Input 5Learning from Failure 6The Full Proposal

11 Pilot Project Qualified, practicing AHPs invited from Diagnostic Imaging, Radiation Therapy, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy. Short non-credit bearing course designed to be completed in 6-8 weeks entirely work-based learning Individual feedback via a mentor from the University. Six tasks via a smartphone app plus additional resources available through a dedicated website.

12 Testing and Evaluation 3 Experienced AHPs used the app prior to the programme going live “ I like the style of this programme. The resources are well thought out and varied” (evaluator 1), “...this is really useful as you can expand on every task as you see fit. I like the blog/reflective journal too as this can be used as an integral part of the research process and as you progress through the project can be used in your research process particularly in more qualitative designs where the researchers perspective needs to be explored.” (evaluator 2),

13 Evaluation “Love the idea and wish there was something like this available when I started in research” (evaluator 3)

14 Key Benefits of the Smartphone App Engagement of AHPs in research activity who are not in research roles and who otherwise would not have experienced development of a research proposal. Allows the individual to gain stakeholder perspectives on the research idea from ‘within the moment’ reflections at research forums or one to one meetings with members of the wider multi-disciplinary team. The learner becomes the conductor of their own learning (as opposed to the tutor) bringing in relevant stakeholders when required. Early evaluations from students indicate improved participant’s skills/knowledge in the research process, appraising research evidence, and designing a research project.

15 Key Benefits continued Allows collection of evidence, documents, images, videos, and audio recordings Participants gain from the direct one to one feedback obtained through the app from their mentor Trainees can easily see and monitor their progress as tasks are completed Helps to monitor and track trainee progress in an interactive way Can access the web version as well as the app so not exclusive to smartphone/tablet owners Trainees can access and work on the app offline getting stakeholder input on the job without the need for wi-fi, avoiding the difficulties associated with hospital fire walls

16 What next? Plan to use the app to enhance the student experience during the dissertation process on MSc health courses at Sheffield Hallam University Being used across our MSc provision to enhance learning experiences, for example used on the Breast Cancer Radiotherapy module to encourage participants to engage with peers locally.

17 References 1. Allied health Professions Federation. (2012. The Role of AHPs. 2. Amo, B. & Kolvereid, L ORGANIZATIONAL STRATEGY, INDIVIDUAL PERSONALITY AND INNOVATION BEHAVIOR. Journal of Enterprising Culture, 13, (1) Department of Health. Department of Health QIPP agenda- Innovation Ref Type: Online Source areas/nhs/quality/qipp/ 4. Department of Health 2012, Liberating the NHS: Developing the Healthcare Workforce (from design to delivery). AndGuidance/DH_ Probst H, Eddy D, Eddy A, Cummings J 2 INSPIRE: Increasing Intrapreneurial Skills through Pedagogy, increases Innovation, Retention and Employability. 2012, Report 6. Salmon, G E-moderating: The key to teaching and learning online, second edition ed. Routledge Falmer.


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