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Working in partnership

Current schemes

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: 

The Solent Community Research Partnership

The Solent 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.

As a key part of the local community, Solent NHS Trust's Academy of Research and Improvement have developed a number of partnerships with local organisations.

The aim of these partnerships is to offer more people the chance to take part in health and social care research, promoting the message that health care and research is all around us and not just available when you go to your local hospital.

By taking the opportunity to get involved in a research project to local people where they live, work, play or study can make research more accessible and increase the number of people who are able to take part. 

The partnerships enables local organisations to offer these opportunities to the people they work. The Academy team work with partners to find research studies that might suit their residents, students, clients etc. The academy team then undertake all the necessary checks and approvals for the projects and coordinates with the partner about when and how the study will be conducted. These partnerships give organisations the confidence to promote research that is safe and ethical and is delivered by an experienced research team.

Our current partnerships are described below and more information can be found about these streams by clicking on the links. The partnership continues to evolve and we are always interested to meet new organisations and develop this programme further. 

As an Academy are also keen to support the development of knowledge and skills around evidence based care and we work with our partners to provide bespoke training around research and improvement.

As part of the community partnership programme, we strive to develop meaningful collaborations with organisations working in our community ensuring that we meet everyone’s needs. We welcome the opportunity for discussion with our partners, their staff and the people they work with to ensure our partnerships evolve successfully.

Please contact us if you would like to discuss this or would like more information.

We also work in partnership with:

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

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:

Taking research to the local community

The Academy of Research and Improvement works with a large range of community groups in Portsmouth, Southampton and the surrounding areas, offering people the opportunity to be involved in research.

These are often groups who meet because of a specific medical conditions such as Multiple sclerosis support groups or local meetings of the Alzheimers society or National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society. Our research nurses or physios can attend the group and talk to people about what research projects are happening locally and how they can get involved.

People may also like to get involved in research in other ways such as helping to develop new research ideas, working with some of our university partners and clinical academics to get funding for research or working with the academy team's patient partnership group Side by Side.

We are really keen to work with more community groups including those that don't have anything to do with a specific health condition but would like to find out more about taking part or getting involved in health and social care research.


If you would like to find out more please contact us.

As part of the Academy of Research and Improvement's community research partnership scheme we have been working with local schools, pre-schools, nurseries and family hubs to widen the opportunities for local people to get involved in research.  

We are currently working with primary, Junior and secondary schools across the local area on an 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.

A similar study is being carried out in partnership with pre-schools, nurseries and children’s community groups across Portsmouth and Southampton investigating the impact of the meningitis vaccination programme.

As part of the partnership the Academy team can offer lessons or teaching sessions about research, or sessions specific to the science behind the study we are working on. The partnerships we build are bespoke and we are happy to tailor them to the needs of each organisation. We are keen to work with any organisations supporting young people to offer them the chance to take part in research.

Contact us if you would like to find out more


Working in partnership with the University of Portsmouth Dental Academy UPDA

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.

Solent's Academy of Research and Improvement and the UPDA work together to find research studies which might fit well within their practice. Solent undertake the necessary governance and regulatory checks and our jointly supported research dental therapists/nurses carry out the study.

We are hoping to extent this model to other local dental practices who have an interest in being involved with research. If you would like to find out more or talk to us about being involved please get in touch.

We are also working collaboratively with the UPDA to develop home grown ideas working with university researchers aiming to successfully achieve funding for research which may improve the oral health of children and people suffering with dementia.

To find out more about the University of Portsmouth Dental Academy click here

The Solent Care Home Research Partnership is one of our community research partnership streams. It sees Solent's Academy of Research and Improvement working alongside local care homes in Portsmouth, Southampton and the surrounding areas, to offer residents the opportunity to take part in research. We are currently expanding this model to include local care agencies who visit patients in their own homes.

Any local care home or agency can be involved if they have an interest in research and evidence based practice. The Academy team identify studies that might be of interest to local care homes or agencies, together we review the studies, assess whether they are doable and whether clients would find them interesting.

If everyone is happy the Academy team undertake all the necessary governance, ethical and regulatory checks to ensure the research is safe. We then provide experienced staff to come into the home and deliver the study alongside care home/agency staff. Each study is different and may require different amounts of involvement but generally we are there to help as much as we can.

As part of the partnership we can also offer training to local staff around evidence based practice and we ensure we feedback the results of studies to care home/agency teams. Teams may also like to be further involved in the research process by contributing to new and forthcoming research ideas. We can help build partnerships with Solent clinical academics or with our university partners.

Why get involved in research?



You can click here to download our leaflet


Click on the links below to find out about the types of research going on in care homes or with our care agency partners


If you would like to know more about the Care Home Research Partnership either to run a study or to join the scheme please get in touch

Watch our video about the Care Home Research Partnership to find out more

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