Your written assignment will form the foundation of a future publication. Following completion of the course we recommend that you continue to work with your academic supervisor to further develop this initial draft and submit a publication in a journal of your choice. Your supervisor can guide you through this process and help you to develop the content pre and post publication submission. You will lead this publication and be the first author; your academic supervisor will be the second or last author.
Publications and presentations are important for your CV, and also enable you to showcase your achievements with other clinical and academic colleagues. This will help to develop Advanced Practice and shape the future of health care. If you have been unable to complete your project you can critically discuss the challenges and implications of this, set out plans for further development, and recommendations for future actions.
This assignment should follow the standard structure for journal publications, with the following sections:
Abstract: This should be a structured, brief summary of your background, aims, methods, results and conclusions (100 words)
Background/Introduction: Briefly set the context for your project by outlining succinctly current guidelines/standards/recommendations, clinical issues and literature evidence to justify your project choice
Aims/Objectives: Briefly state the aims/objectives for your DQIP
Methods: Briefly state what methods you used, and why you chose this approach. Include your project design (audit/service evaluation), methods used for data collection and analysis, including pre and post measures and timelines. Clearly describe your intervention and outcome measures that you chose to focus on. Include the need for university ethics approval and permission from your clinical organisation. If you were unable to complete all your project, you should still include your intended methods, including plans for your intervention and post data collection/analysis.
Results: Set out your main results using a logical flow to present key demographics, and use tables/graphs to illustrate your findings pre and post your intervention. If your project is incomplete, focus on baseline data as interim findings. Include some narrative, but avoid interpretation in this section.
Discussion: Start with a summary of your results where you can provide some interpretation and link this with evidence from the literature to critically discuss the implications of your results for patients, staff and service delivery/improvements. If you were unable to complete your project critically discuss the challenges and implications of this, highlighting future plans for your intervention and evaluation, and include recommendations for clinical practice.
Conclusion: This should be a brief summary of the key findings/implications to date, to highlight the impact on clinical practice (or future potential if your project is incomplete), outlining your planned next steps and making recommendations for future work in this area.
You should be clear about what you have achieved, and what gap in practice you are addressing. You can also critically discuss the challenges in project implementation, delivering an intervention, and evaluation. Irrespective of the status of your project, you can make recommendations for others to improve practice in their area with a similar patient population.
Pay careful attention to academic discipline in your work. Factors such as writing style, grammar, and spelling are all important. The quality of your referencing is also of fundamental importance. Poor quality referencing to sources that do not support your argument is poor academic practice and reflects negatively. Please ensure that all of your references are of good quality and correctly cited.
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