Community of Practice in Implementation Science
Developing key capabilities in Implementation Science for healthcare professionals and researchers alike
The Sydney Health Partners Implementation Science program is a multi-faceted and interdisciplinary endeavour, which draws on a wealth of clinical and academic experience to build the knowledge and capacity of our clinical, academic and health service Partners in Implementation Science.
Our goal is to demonstrate that evidence-based interventions can be successfully implemented and scaled-up in large and diverse health systems.
Our growing program of work aims to foster methodological approaches to implementing evidence into practice amongst a generation of researchers. By doing so we aim to impact on clinical and patient outcomes, as well as organizational reform and change.
The program is a key initiative of Sydney Health Partners, which is a collaboration between four major health services, the world-leading University of Sydney and ten affiliated medical research institutes
Building a Community to Improve Research Translation
We have established an online Community of Practice for all those interested in Implementation Science. Bringing together healthcare professionals, researchers and students from across our Partnership, the community facilitates networking and knowledge sharing about initiatives to improve the translation of evidence into practice.
The Community also supports capacity development through annual educational and training events and workshops, offering online educational resources and pilot grants for implementation research projects.
How Can Implementation Science Transform the Process of Change in Healthcare?
We believe in an evidence-based approach to healthcare.
Through Implementation Science we seek to understand how the evidence produced by health and medical research can be more quickly, consistently and effectively put to practical use.
Implementation Science recognises that the translation of research discoveries into evidence-based healthcare is a complex and dynamic process which requires localization and adaption. Successful implementation needs the early engagement of stakeholders, encouraging them to make the intervention their own by adapting it to their setting.
When implementing evidence into practice, clinicians and researchers must consider multiple factors including context, culture and capacity. Local policies and priorities, the willingness of staff to make a change, and the capacity to implement change can each have a significant impact of the ability of health services to embrace an innovation.
By identifying factors that impact across the patient, provider, team and organizational levels of a health service or system, Implementation Science can help deliver the benefits of innovations to patients and communities more rapidly and improve quality of care.