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Exploration of the views and experiences of research healthcare professionals during their redeployment to clinical roles during the COVID‐19 pandemic

Veerapen, J. D. and McKeown, E. ORCID: 0000-0002-4183-5376 (2021). Exploration of the views and experiences of research healthcare professionals during their redeployment to clinical roles during the COVID‐19 pandemic. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 77(12), pp. 4862-4875. doi: 10.1111/jan.14998

Abstract

Aim: This study aimed to explore the views and experiences of research healthcare professionals towards their redeployment to front-line clinical roles during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Background: Healthcare professionals working in research were redeployed during the COVID-19 pandemic to support the delivery of clinical services across the National Health Service. They are experienced clinicians with research knowledge and skills, and specific working patterns. It is important to understand how these professionals were utilised and supported during their transition to clinical roles during the pandemic.

Method: Between July and September 2020, 15 research healthcare professionals were recruited into this qualitative study. Each participant completed a single semi-structured interview lasting approximately 30-60 minutes, conducted remotely using a teleconferencing platform. Interviews were transcribed verbatim, and data analysed by the process of inductive thematic analysis with the assistance of NVivo 12.06 (Nov,2019).

Findings: Four main themes emerged from analysis of the transcripts: 1. Initial personal response to the pandemic (subthemes: of anxieties due to unknown disease impact and concern for others); 2. Mobilisation for clinical redeployment (subthemes: Motivations for voluntary redeployment, the professional challenges, personal fears and the organisation and preparedness for redeployment); 3. Adaptive deployment to clinical roles (subthemes: Adapting to new roles and responsibilities, challenges faced and coping mechanisms), 4. Reflections and Learnings (subthemes: reintegration to original roles and sense of achievement).

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Veerapen, J. D. and McKeown, E. (2021). Exploration of the views and experiences of research healthcare professionals during their redeployment to clinical roles during the COVID‐19 pandemic. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 77(12), pp. 4862-4875, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.14998. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions. This article may not be enhanced, enriched or otherwise transformed into a derivative work, without express permission from Wiley or by statutory rights under applicable legislation. Copyright notices must not be removed, obscured or modified. The article must be linked to Wiley’s version of record on Wiley Online Library and any embedding, framing or otherwise making available the article or pages thereof by third parties from platforms, services and websites other than Wiley Online Library must be prohibited.
Publisher Keywords: COVID-19, healthcare professionals, redeployment, research, transition
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Departments: School of Health Sciences
Date available in CRO: 21 Dec 2021 09:40
Date deposited: 21 December 2021
Date of acceptance: 24 July 2021
Date of first online publication: 4 August 2021
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/27121
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