The ARC Wessex implementation strategy focuses on addressing the gap between project that validate an innovation at a signle and/or single group of sites and adoption of that innovation by the wider health and social care system.
Sustainable system implementation is not a linear pipeline process, but a dynamic interaction between health and care research, commissioning and delivery at multiple points in the innovation cycle.
What we do
The ARC Wessex Implementation Team has developed a workflow, including an implementation checklist, that is applied to the entire ARC Wessex portfolio.
Our workflow includes initial implementation advice to help researchers complete the proposal form, reviewing the ARC proposals, and providing follow-up support to successful projects (advice only or in-depth).
For in-depth support, we co-develop detailed implementation plans with the project leads.
All projects have access to implementation resources. As well, we actively contribute to the development of materials for the ARC Wessex PhD fellowship programme, including teaching sessions.
Collaborating with Wessex AHSN focuses on bringing AHSN criteria or staff into the ARC funding process, making initial contacts in the NHS for ARC portfolio projects (when appropriate), continuing active working on specific projects and contributing to upcoming proposals.
The Implementation Team also offers support to each ARC-funded project implementation champion (IC). ICs are not necessarily researchers, are located within, or can readily connect with, the relevant setting(s) where the project findings will have relevance. The IC promotes knowledge of the project, facilitate conversations about its implications and promotes translation.
See details of the Wessex NHS Insights Prioritisation Programme Project (NIPP) in conjunction with the Ageing and Dementia theme and AHSN Wessex