Lucock, Mike, Barkham, Michael, Donohoe, Gillian, Kellett, Stephen, McMillan, Dean, Mullaney, Sarah, Sainty, Andrew, Saxon, David, Thwaites, Richard and Delgadillo, Jaime (2017) The Role of Practice Research Networks (PRN) in the Development and Implementation of Evidence: The Northern Improving Access to Psychological Therapies PRN Case Study. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 44 (6). pp. 919-931. ISSN 0894-587X

Practice research networks (PRNs) can support the implementation of evidence based practice in routine services and generate practice based evidence. This paper describes the structure, processes and learning from a new PRN in the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme in England, in relation to an implementation framework and using one study as a case example. Challenges related to: ethics and governance processes; communications with multiple stakeholders; competing time pressures and linking outcome data. Enablers included: early tangible outputs and impact; a collaborative approach; engaging with local research leads; clarity of processes; effective dissemination; and committed leadership.

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