The Implementation Science and Knowledge Translation Platform of Maridulu Budyari Gumal, the Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE) is divided into two components, namely, i) Implementation Science; and ii) Knowledge Translation.
As healthcare systems continue to work under increasingly dynamic and resource-constrained conditions, evidence-based strategies are essential in order to ensure that research investments maximise healthcare value and improve public health. Implementation science plays a critical role in understanding how to support the uptake of evidence into routine clinical practice.
The purpose of the Implementation Science component of our platform is to support the use of proven strategies to translate evidence into clinical practice; to provide education in implementation science research methods; and to lead multidisciplinary implementation research collaborations through the Maridulu Budyari Gumal Nursing & Midwifery Implementation Science Academy (‘The Academy’).
The Implementation Science component of our platform has three priority areas with the aims of each outlined below:
- Research and Policy
- Establishment and support to the Maridulu Budyari Gumal Nursing & Midwifery Implementation Science Academy. The aim of the Academy is to lead collaborative multidisciplinary, multi-site implementation science research and to support the Clinical Academic Groups (CAGs) in their implementation research initiatives
- Strengthening implementation science research expertise across Maridulu Budyari Gumal.
- Enhance research training and mentorship opportunities for early career nursing and midwifery implementation scientists
Research and Policy
- Leadership of the Maridulu Budyari Gumal Clinical Registry Study
- Establishment of the 2020 Implementation Science Translational Seed Grant Scheme
- Support CAGs with high quality implementation science advice and collaboration in evidence-translation research
- Support capacity development and educational activities in implementation science research
- Provide platform to support clinicians in gaining implementation science research capabilities and skills
- Host annual Implementation Science workshop
- The Knowledge Translation component of our platform has developed a list of useful knowledge translation and implementation science educational resources
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What is Implementation Science?
Implementation science is a field of study that focuses on how to effectively translate research findings and evidence-based practices (like treatments, programs, and innovations) into routine use within healthcare practice. The main goal is to improve the quality and effectiveness of health services and care.
In this field, research teams (often comprised of researchers, clinicians and patients) examine various factors that influence how healthcare professionals and organisations behave. They study these influences in different contexts, such as clinics, communities, and policy-making settings. The aim is to figure out the best methods to make evidence-based interventions a standard part of healthcare.
When successful implementations occur, these research teams then seek to further understand why they worked well and what lessons can be learned from those achievements. Researchers then also explore how these successful implementation approaches can be adapted and applied to effectively introduce other evidence-based health interventions, whether in the same or different healthcare settings.
Click here to watch a short video providing a simple introduction to Implementation Science, presented by A/Prof Natalie Taylor, Director, i2i: Implementation to Impact, University of New South Wales.
Useful Implementation Science resources are also available here.
Implementation Science Team
The Implementation science team is led by Professor Sandy Middleton, St Vincent's Hospital, Director Maridulu Budyari Gumal Implementation Science Platform, and Associate Professor Natalie Taylor, Director of Research in the School of Population Health at University New South Wales, Deputy Director Maridulu Budyari Gumal Implementation Science Platform.
The recording for the "Equity & Implementation Science" webinar from A/Professor Stephanie Best is now available for viewing. Click here to view.
The recording of the "Implementation Science and the prevention of chronic disease" webinar is now available for viewing. Click here to view.
The recording of the "Implementation SCIence (Strategies; Context; Implementability): Ideas for structuring a research proposal" webinar with Professor Jill Francis, is now available for viewing.Click here to view.
The recording of Nursing Trailblazers talk about Implementation Science webinar is now available for viewing. Click here to view.
The recording of the “Making clinical research an integral role of the nursing, midwifery and wider health workforces” webinar by Professor Caroline Homer AO is now available for viewing. Click here to view