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The Collaborative Work of Changing Healthcare Practices: Building an Implementation Science Fit for Users

003, Business & Law Building

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Professor Tracy Finch, Professor of Healthcare & Implementation Science, Northumbria University

003, Business and Law Building, City Campus East, Northumbria University,  Newcastle upon Tyne

Refreshments will be available from 6pm

The Collaborative Work of Changing Healthcare Practices: Building an Implementation Science Fit for Users

New innovations in health and social care provision promise improvement in service user outcomes, yet fail to be successfully integrated into routine practice. Implementation Science is a response to this challenge: it advances the development and application of theoretical knowledge, frameworks, tools and measures for implementing and sustaining changes in health and social care practice. But are the fruits of its labour translatable (and useable) across the academic-practitioner divide? Does it help the practitioner-innovator to enact their ‘good ideas’ for improving services?

This lecture describes a programme of work focused on the development of theory-based implementation ‘tools’ and measures that are intended for use by practitioners. These studies demonstrate the ways in which translating theory constructs into meaningful components of toolkits and surveys is a complex and intensively collaborative process that is more than a matter of methodology. From this work, Tracy will offer principles for moving Implementation Science further towards the users who are closer to the enactment of change in practice.

About the Speaker

Tracy is Professor of Healthcare & Implementation Science in the Department of Nursing, Midwifery & Health. Her research focuses on the social, psychological and organisational aspects of implementing new interventions in health and wellbeing. She is known for her work in Implementation Science, most notably Normalization Process Theory (NPT), of which she is co-developer. This work includes applying theoretical perspectives and novel research methodologies to understand and shape the processes of healthcare improvement through implementation of changes in practice.

Tracy joined Northumbria University in 2009. From a strong background in health psychology, with broad experience in teaching and research, she built her academic career in the UK with appointments at Manchester University and  Newcastle University following the completion of her PhD in 1999 from Deakin University, Australia.

Event Details

003, Business & Law Building
City Campus East
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE2 1UY


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