We want to encourage more members to be involved in the research process. We hope you will share results of your research, whether it be a RCT, an audit or a case study. We want to promote high standards and good quality work. We especially want to encourage those who have not felt confident to begin. Research can be daunting for novices and the experienced alike. It is important to learnhow to conduct research so your efforts can produce the highest quality possible within any limitations. No matter how small your project can seem, conducted well, results can be meaningful. We hope to promote debate and the generation of new ideas.
If this is all new to you here’s a few ideas to get you involved.
Why not join your hospital medical library or local university - get an Athens password.
Learn how to search in a systematic way for studies to help answer a question or on a specific topic. This way you know you’ve found all of the most relevant studies. Your librarian may run sessions to learn these skills. Read studies and discuss them with colleagues. Why not start a journal club or discuss them at a POGP regional meeting.
Learn how to read a paper and know how to assess ,amongst other factors, the internal and external validity. How reliable are the results of the study and what does it mean for your practice? This is a great skill to learn. Contact your local university. They may run a module in learning research skills.
Why not write up an excellent case study or audit for the journal or share your MSc or PhD dissertation with us.
Here are some links for more information on research theory.
Here is a link to a downloadable pocket guide to research
Have you considered sharing your research through our journal, speak at conference or via a poster presentation. Contact our journal committee to submit papers for the journal. Guidelines for writing for the journal are available in our resource section. Designing a poster can be a great way to begin sharing your work. Why not consider entering our competition see below....
Here is a link to the CSP research resource pages with lots of information.
Why not find the AHPRN Allied Health Professional Research Network Hub nearest to you and link with other researchers.The network aims to support the development of individuals interested in research and promote the evolving evidence base in practice. The network has 21 regional hubs, each providing bespoke research advice and support.
New Research Competition
We are delighted to announce our research competition with an overall winner who will speak at conference and receive a prize of £100. There will be 4 slots to speak at conference overall. Those selected for poster presentations will be judged by conference delegates for the best poster and a prize of £50. We hope you will get involved.For full information and an application form see our conference section
Here is a link for information on how to do a great poster.
Read our Bursaries and Award section for details of the Dame Josephine Barnes Award where four new awards of £100 each are available per year to assist clinical researchers with the practical costs of small projects. This funding can also be used by POGP members to cover costs of accessing the member database via fitwise for research. There is also the Margie Polden Bursary and the Anne Bird Prize.
Also check out the CSP funding available
Access to journal articles
We get many requests for copies of studies from our journal. The journal is free to view on line apart from the latest 4 which are available only to paid up POGP members, Please contact the British Library for copies of older journals/ studies no longer on our site. Unfortunately we cannot hold all past journals on our website.
Access to our member database
Fitwise hold and maintain our member database. There are strict guidelines to confidentially and members can choose weather or not they receive information from third parties about advertising or research. Therefore any requests to send questionnaires or invitations to take part in research to our members MUST go through fitwise and a fee is payable. POGP members pay a fee to cover costs only.
Invitations to take part in research can be posted in the news section of iCSP but not emailed out to members directly.
If you have a project or area of interest you wish to promote please contact me. We hope to develop an area on this page to promote networking of researchers. Also please check the News section regularly for our involvement in NICE guidelines, published research and other new items of interest. Please note we will share research projects which have gained ethics approval but cannot take responsibility for any content. please ensure you check ethics approval has been granted for any project you take part in.
We hope you are inspired to get involved. Please contact me and help make this new research page interesting and informative for POGP members.