28 January 2015
Dr Fiona Nolan, Deputy Director of Nursing and Research, is Chief Investigator on the Protected Engagement Time (PET) for Older People study , which has been running since June 2013 and will come to an end in March 2015. The study looks at how PET is implemented on older people's wards throughout England, and whether it benefits patients, staff and carers.
All wards in England providing care for older people with mental health problems, including dementia, were surveyed for the first part of the study. Three Trusts participated in the second part during which five wards with PET were compared to five wards without. Camden and Islington is one of the three sites, with the others being Norfolk and Suffolk, and Avon and Wiltshire Trusts. Two C+I wards implement PET (Jasper and Garnett) and whilst Pearl ward and Stacey Street nursing home are 'control' areas, where PET is not currently implemented. All staff on the wards were approached to participate in the study by completing a questionnaire about their perceptions of the wards and their experience of working there. Patients and their carers were also asked about their own experience and views of treatment on the wards.
Sarah Heneker and Isata Fofana, researchers on the PET study, reported 'The support from staff throughout the Trust has been excellent throughout the course of the study. They have consistently helped us to identify patients who could participate, and have been very welcoming even though their work is very demanding. Stacey Street staff have been exceptional- they couldn't have been more helpful during our visits'.
Dr Nolan remarked: "We achieved 100% response rate from staff in Stacey Street, so each and every member of staff participated in the study. This is a fantastic achievement and indicates the enthusiasm of this group to facilitate research.'
Olakunle Olasuji, Stacey Street manager, said: "The staff volunteered to be part of the study and found it very interesting. This is the first time a research study has been conducted in our unit, and we hope to host many more in the future. It has stimulated an interest in research among my nurses and I will be working with Dr Nolan to develop their potential. They were delighted to receive the £100, which I have given to the charge nurses for them to use to improve our patients' experience."
Dr Nolan and her team will be presenting the findings of the study on Wednesday 25th March, 1.30-4pm, in the Conference Hall, St Pancras Hospital. Other researchers on the study are Mary-Ellen Khoo and Yvonne Foreshaw who had both worked in C+I inpatient services for several years before starting their research posts.