Iterative collaborative phase



  1. To identify the most appropriate patient and professional sensitive indicators to demonstrate outcomes when assessing the impact of individual nurse consultant posts.
  2. To identify a range of tools which may be used to capture quantitative outcomes and alternative strategies to capture qualitative dimensions of impact.
  3. To identify and explore the feasibility of strategies for systematically assessing the impact of nurse consultants.
  4. To develop strategies and measurement tools to assist individual nurse consultants to manage the quality of care they provide and demonstrate their impact.

Following the in-depth case study interviews and data analysis, in each case, a specialist panel was convened.  This panel included the nurse consultant, the research team and a number of relevant stakeholders who worked with the nurse consultant to identify the most appropriate patient and professional sensitive indicators and identify suitable tools to use to capture relevant outcomes.  Following this the research team worked closely with the nurse consultant to compile a number of strategies and methods (i.e. an individual toolkit) for assessing their impact.   The nurse consultants then tested out or piloted the suggestions in practice and explored the practicalities of using the measurement tools.  The research team closely supported the nurse consultants during this stage and collected data on their experiences of capturing their impact.