We are a team of researchers at the Centre for Health and Social Care Research, Sheffield Hallam University who conducted a two-year project (commenced May 2009, completed July 2011), funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing, which focused on exploring approaches to measuring the impact of nurse consultants.

Through gaining an in-depth understanding of the various ways in which nurse consultants may impact on patient outcomes, the patient experience, the care provided by other health care professionals and on the organisations in which they work we have developed and refined a conceptual framework for capturing impact.

As an outcome of the study we have developed practical toolkit resource for nurse consultants on how to identify and capture impact. This toolkit is available for free PDF download within the Outputs section on this website. We have also published extensively and presented the work at national and international conferences.

On the 30th April 2012 we held a half-day interactive learning event in Sheffield to launch the toolkit, share the findings of the research project and provide a forum where nurse consultants could discuss tips, tools & techniques for capturing impact. Further details of this event, including copies of the slides, can be found in the Dissemination Event section.

During 2013 we have worked with three organisations in the UK to support them to use the toolkit in practice in order to capture the impact of their nursing and allied health professional consultants and further refine and develop the toolkit. Further details of this work can be found in the Impact of our work section. This section also details how other organisations and individuals have used both the conceptual framework and the toolkit in practice.

We are very keen to collect further feedback on how nurse consultants and other staff are using the toolkit in practice, therefore please contact us if you have used the toolkit or adopted any of the tools in practice.