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Two major grants for research into NHS

Posted on 23/04/2009
Dr Ashok Jashapara

Dr Ashok Jashapara

Dr Ashok Jashapara has recently been awarded funding for the following two projects.

Research utilisation and knowledge mobilisation

Funded by the National Institute for Health Research Service Delivery & Organisation (SDO) programme: £70,000 (co-investigator Professor Ewan Ferlie).

This project is a synthesis of the literature around knowledge mobilisation and research utilisation by managers in the NHS. There has been criticism that relatively little high quality NHS research has an impact on policy or practice. Dr Jashapara and Prof. Ferlie have been looking at the extensive literature and developing a number of propositions. This research is aimed at informing SDO’s commissioning agenda and to provide guidance to the SDO as a research producer and knowledge broker. The outputs of the research shall also provide briefing papers for a new SDO research funding call in May 2009 on knowledge mobilisation among NHS managers.

Evaluation of critical care paramedics

ESRC Research Fellowship funded jointly by ESRC, SDO and the South East Coast Ambulance NHS Trust: £100,000.

Dr Jashapara will be evaluating an innovative pilot scheme that has developed around 25 ‘critical care’ paramedics in the south east of England to tackle more effectively the 5-8% of patients who require very high levels of care such as resulting from heart attacks, premature pregnancies and road traffic accidents. To prevent fatalities, the first 45 minutes is critical in all these cases. These latest ‘SAS’ paramedics will use new technologies in their ambulances such as blood transfusion and body scanning machines. They have been trained to a high level over the past year. The use of technology and high levels of training are assumed to make a difference to the care of these high risk patients. The final evaluation report on this project will be received by the Department of Health to help them decide whether a national rollout scheme of ‘critical care’ paramedics would be beneficial. Dr Jashapara will be working with a team of doctors, paramedics and information analysts on this project.


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