Anna Jones (Cardiff University), Colette Henderson (University of Dundee), Jonathan Thomas (Swansea University)

With thanks to AAPE for providing generous funding which was used towards travel and accommodation costs for Anna, Colette and Jon to attend a participatory research full day event in Huddersfield.

The aim of participatory research is to provide participants with the opportunity to develop their ‘voice’ to raise key concerns and issues. The participatory research event offered a unique opportunity to colleagues from across the UK to work together on ‘Aspiring Advanced Clinical Practice’. We aimed to actively involve “co-researchers” who would conventionally be regarded as research “participants” in supporting understanding of the key issues and concerns relevant to commencing advanced practice programmes of education. Central to participatory research is the notion of empowerment and this is vital to support embedding research active advanced practitioners.

We collaborated on a full day event the outcomes of which will be published. We supported individual voices to be heard and enabled newly qualified ANP’s to participate in research activity.

The topics raised will be used to inform the development of the Student Handbook housed on AAPE UK website.

We will upload this report and subsequent publications to AAPE UK website.