This month we have two exciting announcements related to our efforts in research and sectoral analysis.
First of all, we are now approaching the last days of the research project that began in 2021, the aim of which was to investigate the strengths and weaknesses of online versus onsite training in the healthcare sector.
We want to thank everyone who contributed to our public questionnaire: the response from healthcare assistants, nurses and healthcare managers was fantastic. Hundreds of people gave their time to answer a range of questions, and many people expanded on those answers with substantial and informative additional comments. The RCSI are finalising the report at the time of writing and we should be able to publish the findings sometime next month. Our hope is that this report will provide guidance to the sector as a whole, stating in clear terms the balance that needs to be struck between virtual and face-to-face trainings, based on up-to-date empirical data collected from the Irish healthcare workforce.
Secondly, we are delighted to announce that, due to the strength of their application during the tendering process, we will once again work with the RCSI on a new research project in 2022.
This time around our aim is to examine the experiences of healthcare managers in nursing homes, especially in light of the educational opportunities they feel are necessary for them to enjoy and feel competent in their work-environment. The motivation for our project comes from our engagement with several sources within the nursing home community over the past 12 months, which have made us aware that the levels of voluntary job-termination at management level has been increasing due to stressors exacerbated by the pandemic. This presents a challenge for the sector: every workplace, regardless of its service aims, needs confident and happy managers. The purpose of this research is to identify the educational needs of nursing home managers and PICs, so that we can then design new programmes and develop new strategies of support tailored to the team’s findings. Our thought is that this will ensure higher levels of job satisfaction and productivity going forward, which will in turn make the sector more stable.
Finally, if anyone has any ideas about the research we are undertaking, or would like to suggest new avenues for research in the future, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’re new to the world of academic publications and conference presentations, and we will gladly listen to your thoughts.
Any and all input is welcome.