Practice Development Research Utilisation and Partnership Research

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Practice development work is with people at all levels, both practitioners and managers who may be directly or indirectly involved in working with patient care.

It supports staff to build resilience and the capacity for change; uses a scholarly approach and numerous foci to achieve the goal; and it brings a mix of theory, experience and common sense in the framework of practice development.

Accessibility, availability and use of the best available evidence on which to decide the most appropriate healthcare interventions to benefit the patient are key concerns for practitioners (Manley et al 2008 p 84)

One of practice development’s aims is to achieve not just evidence use and the blending of different types of evidence so that care is experienced by users as meeting healthcare needs, but also, the systematic development of evidence from practice and the achievement of a specific culture that sustains these endeavours as well as enabling all to flourish. (Manley et al P8)


Practice development methodology identifies the integration of research evidence, with evidence from other sources such as professional expertise, and the patient’s own experience and expertise, for providing effective care.


Formal research is ongoing within practice development at the Waikato District Health Board, most recently in collaboration with the University of Auckland. In the past (and possibly in the future) it has also been in collaboration with Victoria University of Wellington and Monash University Melbourne.


  • Miskelly P, Duncan L (2014). I’m actually being the grown up now: leadership, maturity and professional identity development. Journal of Nursing Management. 22(1): 38-48
  • Walsh K; Moss C; Lawless J; McKelvie R; Duncan L. (2008) Puzzling Practice: a strategy for working with clinical practice issues. International Journal of Nursing Practice. 14 (2): 94-100
  • Manuscript submitted for publication June 2014 to Disability and Rehabilitation Journal in June 2014. The manuscript title is "A Day in the Life of Older People in Rehabilitation Settings: an observational study".


  • Manley K, McCormack B, Wilson V. (2008) International Practice Development in Healthcare. London, England: Blackwell Publishing.