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LKD Seminar: Staging evidence: the implications of clinical mindlines for knowledge mobilisation


Room 2.13, South Cloisters, St Luke's campus, Exeter
26th March 2018
14:00 - 15:00
Category: Seminar

Learning, Knowing, Doing Series Seminar

Speaker: Kate Beckett, University of the West of England, Bristol

Kate’s background is in Nursing, Midwifery, Anthropology and Psychology. She currently holds a NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation (KM) Research Fellowship. Her KM research at the interface between academia and practice focusses on traumatic injuries and their psychological impact. Her work involves NHS patients and practitioners in creative activities/co-production and aims to integrate research evidence with patient and practitioner experience to effect service improvement.

Staging evidence: the implications of clinical mindlines for knowledge mobilisation

Kate’s NIHR KM fellowship project entitled ‘Enhancing Post-injury Psychological Care (EPPIC)’- uses a form of participatory theatre called Forum Theatre as a medium for knowledge mobilisation. In this talk she will explore the issues below to explain why and how…

Evidence regarding the need and best means to mitigate common post-injury psychological problems such as PTSD and depression is widespread, compelling and consistent yet not evident in practice. This is a prime example of an implementation ‘gap’ and is not unusual: the potential value, influence, and impact of health research are seldom fully realised. This has led to rapid expansion and innovation in the field of Knowledge Mobilisation (KM) and burgeoning of KM activities aimed at bridging the gap.  Stakeholders in healthcare improvement increasingly question the nature of knowledge required for effective practice and highlight dilemmas inherent in implementing scientific evidence into the real world. However, two authors, John Gabbay and Andree Le May, turned the KM problem on its head: instead of asking ‘how can scientific knowledge be better mobilised?’, in their ethnographic research they asked, ‘what evidence is already in use and how is it learned, shared and modified?’ They found practitioners use ‘clinical mindlines’ made up of multiple sources of evidence to inform their clinical decisions. These are largely formed and shared using social means and equip practitioners with the ‘contextual adroitness’ for the NHS’s complex demands.  This view of the knowledge required for effective practice raises profound issues for KM which Kate hopes to explore with the audience.    

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