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Making TRACS to improve nurse retention: Partnership presentation at the NET2019 conference

Janet Scammell and Sarah Collard from Bournemouth University and clinical nurses Amy McLeod and Hannah Kennedy from Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (RBCH) recently presented at NET2019, the leading annual international conference for networking in healthcare education.

Their presentation (Support4Nurses: NHS Acute Hospital and Local University Partnership to Improve the Retention of Registered Nurses) discussed the benefits and challenges of partnership working when undertaking healthcare research and concluded that communication, commitment and compromise are key elements for a successful collaboration. Amy and Hannah were able to share their own experiences and personal learning of their time as members of the steering committee for the research project Making TRACS to improve nurse retention and Janet and Sarah reflected on how the collaboration successfully grounded the research in the realities of clinical practice.  The presentation was received very positively, generating many questions. It was wonderful to share our experiences with NET2019 participants concerning the new initiatives that have resulted within RBCH through this collaborative project, not least our web portal

Improving Nurse Retention Conference 2019

Quick reminder to please register for our Improving Nurse Retention Conference that will be held here at Bournemouth University on July 1st.

This project dissemination conference will explore the outcomes of Burdett Trust for Nursing funded collaborative research (Bournemouth University and Royal Bournemouth Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) which focused on improving nurse retention (Making TRACS to improve nurse retention: There will also be a small exhibition and the opportunity to share practice through participation in workshops focused on authentic leadership and valuing staff, supporting staff health and wellbeing and staff development.

This conference will take place in the Fusion Building  from 10am-3pm on July 1st 2019.


This is free to attend and a buffet lunch will be provided.


Please register now as space is limited!


Registration via Eventbrite :

Reporting back from the BSA Auto/Biography Christmas Conference!

“I say tomato, You say tomato”. Is Autoethnography Auto/Biography by any other name?

Prior to our holiday break, Dr Judith Chapman and Dr Sarah Collard presented their research at the recent British Sociological Association (BSA) Auto/Biography Conference in London. This was a novel presentation, not limited to following a power point, but involving discussions with one other and the audience about the differences between the two research methods of autoethnography and auto/biography.

As they recently presented on this topic at the Centre for Qualitative Research lunchtime seminar, Judith and Sarah felt warmed up for the conversation and debates that occurred when presenting and discussing the topic in front of an audience of methodological experts within this area! After each shared their own experiences of conducting either authethnography or auto/biography, they opened it up to the audience to debate the merits of the two methods. An exciting and interesting dialogue with the audience ensued, with the ethical considerations of each method being fervently discussed, as well as the challenges of deciding what can be classified as autoethnography or auto/biography. There was no lull in the exchange of views and conference members applauded the informative and interactive element of our presentation.

After our presentation, we were able to forge links with others at the conference and were requested to share our work even more! It was very exciting to be so well received and have such a positive response to the presentation. However, there was no overall consensus and we agreed to differ on the syllabic emphasis of “tomato”!