460 The Research Priorities Of South London Primary Care Organisations: Involving And Engaging Primary Care Organisations In Research

Gill Rowlands
Aims: 1. To discover the views of Primary Care Organisations (PCOs) on the role of research within their development agendas.
2. To undertake an action research project to support PCOs to develop research questions arising from the topics identified by the PCOs.
Design 1. Qualitative project: semi-structured interviews of all south London PCO chief executives or their nominated representative (N=21).
2. Action research project: A workshop based session involving PCOs.
Methods: 1. Semi-structured interviews (recorded and transcribed) following a posted briefing paper describing the background and methodology of the study. Analysis was iterative and triangulated by feeding back preliminary findings to the participants.
2. The survey results were fed back to PCO representatives as a plenary presentation followed by small group work. The participants developed research projects arising from the topics identified.
Results 1. The PCOs identified need for evidence to inform development and commissioning of services particularly the evaluation of shifting roles within primary care and at the primary secondary care interface. Particular needs were highlighted around public health and health economic expertise.
2. The PCOs have been supported to develop research projects arising from the topics they identified. The projects are multidisciplinary and all involve several PCOs.
PCOs have a research agenda driven by their development needs; many lack the skills to undertake that research. Primary care research leaders need to become more flexible to accommodate the needs of PCOs. Our research describes one approach, facilitating the sharing of skills and resources across south London.
460 The Research Priorities of South London Primary Care Organisations: Involving and Engaging Primary Care Organisations in Research