Working in partnership
One of the key strands of our strategy is to work in partnership with patients, colleagues and communities. Within this, we have a number of partnership schemes:
Our Community Research Partnership sees us working alongside organisations who would like to enable their clients/students/residents to have access to research, or to learn more about it. Our current work streams are :
- Care Home Research Partnership (CHRP) - The Solent CHRP is an initiative which aims to bring together local care homes that have an interest in being involved in research. We work alongside a number of care homes as part of the scheme to offer residents the opportunity to take part in research. Recent studies have looked at ways to reduce falls among care home residents. If you live or work in a care home and would like to know more please contact us.
- Community and support Groups - We work with a large range of community groups offering the opportunity to be involved in research. These are often groups who meet because of a specific medical conditions such as MS support groups or local meetings of the Alzheimers society or National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society. However we are keen to work with other local groups so if you would like to find out more please contact us.
- Younger persons - We are currently working with primary, Junior and secondary schools across the local area on a study investigating the antibiotic resistance of bacteria commonly carried in our mouths and noses. The Solent research team carries out all of the research activities and the schools promote the study to their parents and children. As part of the collaboration the academic team from the University of Southampton have delivered bespoke lessons around research and microbiology.
- Dental Partnership via the University of Portsmouth Dental Academy - The University of Portsmouth’s Dental Academy is working alongside us to offer the patients attending their busy dental practice the opportunity to be involved in research. This may be research specific to dentistry as well as other health and social care research. We are also working alongside them to develop home grown research ideas that can be successfully funded to investigate new ways to improve dental health for children and people suffering with dementia.
We work with a number of Universities to offer a wide variety of research opportunities to patients in the local area. Our partnerships allow us to assist in the development of new research projects and support our academic partners to achieve successful applications for research grants hosted by the NHS. Our Clinical Academic Training Programme supports clinicians at Solent NHS Trust to develop their academic partnerships as they undertake research projects seeking to answer questions important to clinical practice.
Examples of this partnership working are:
- Our Clinical Academic Training Programme, delivered in partnership with the University of Southampton Faculty of Health Sciences
- A collaboration with the Centre for Sexual Health Research which is working in particular on the use of digital technology in the delivery sexual health services
- We are a partner Trust and Board member for the NIHR CLARHC (Collaboration for Leadership in Research in Health and Care) Wessex, that include projects with their Data Science Hub modelling optimum locations for sexual health clinics and the use of a social networking tool (GENIE) to support recovery and home based care for those with mental health illness or long terms conditions
One of our core aims as an Academy is to work in partnership with those that use our come into contact with either ourselves or our services.
The group that work within the Academy are called "Side-by-Side". This is a partnership with a dedicated group of individuals that give a patient and public perspective to our work. The group meet regularly to help make sure everything that the team do has a patient and public perspective embedded at the heart of it. Click here to find out how to join this group.
We also place patients and the public at the heart of our training. We are keen that all of our Quality Improvement Projects include patient or community input, and the training is open to anyone that would like to be involved. Similarly, patient or service user colleagues are welcome to submit ideas for our Dragons Den innovation fund, to work with Solent services on new initiatives.
If you have an idea for other ways to work with us, then we'd love to here from you - please contact us