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Research project: National survey of the continuing professional development (CPD) of nurses and allied health professionals working with people with musculoskeletal conditions - Dormant - Dormant

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This survey examined the current status of continuing professional development (CPD) for nurses and allied health professionals working with people with musculoskeletal conditions.  The survey was informed by mangers, patients and clinicians to ensure the most relevant questions were asked.

This electronic survey of the current CPD status of nurses and allied health professionals working with people with musculoskeletal conditions was designed following focus groups with managers, patients and clinicians.  The majority of clinicians wanted to engage with CPD to improve patient care, lack of ring fenced funding and protected CPD time limited CPD opportunities.    

The aim of this research project was to explore the current situation and the challenges regarding CPD for nurses and AHPs who work with people who have musculoskeletal conditions.

354 responses were analysed and these showed that most clinicians wanted to take part in CPD to improve patient care.  Lack of protected time and funding for nurses and allied health professionals to take part in ongoing professional development limited opportunities. 

What we did

We conducted three separate focus groups of health professionals, managers and people who have musculoskeletal conditions to identify what the main issues were regarding CPD. We also conducted two telephone conference calls. Seven health professionals, eight managers, and eleven people with musculoskeletal conditions took part. We looked at the results of the focus groups to find out what the issues for CPD in musculoskeletal settings were and designed an electronic internet survey to find out more about the issues identified as important. We asked nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and podiatrists to answer it. There were 354 responses to the survey.

Project team

Dr Jo Adams
Dr Sarah Ryan Keele University
Mrs Hannah Haywood Research Fellow
Mrs Helen Pain Research Fellow

Project funder

Arthritis Research UK

Associated research themes

Continuing education
Professional development

Related research groups

Active Living and Rehabilitation

Conferences and events associated with this project:

British Society of Rheumatology

EULAR 2011 poster presentation

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