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RESPOND leaders, including consultants, senior nurses, the RESPOND PI and the RESPOND API, are imperative to the success of the trial.

To be involved in the RESPOND trial, here’s what is needed from you in chronological order: 

1. Start the RESPOND Quality Audit and Start the Process of Getting Involved in the Trial  

The purpose of the Quality Audit is to get Trusts to start collecting pre-intervention data while getting R&D approval. The same data will be collected for the Audit as for the trial, but the Audit allows you to start collecting data now rather than waiting for R&D approval. Once R&D approves the trial and allocates and trains research nurses, we will shift from the Quality Audit   into the Research trial, collecting the same data throughout.  

Here is a breakdown of the difference. For more information about the data collection and the Collaborative, please see the “Data Collection” tabs:

Quality Audit Research  
Data Collection Start Date As soon as the PI registers the Audit, ideally by 1 Aug 2023 As soon as the R&D department approves the research and allocates and trains research nurses for data collection 
Who is Collecting the Data? Junior doctors that the PI identifies Once research nurses are allocated and trained, research nurses will identify and consent the patients. APIs will then collect the RESPOND metrics for each of the patients identified by the research nurses.
Incentive for Data Collection Juniors can be involved in the Collaborative. See the “Data Collection” tab.Payment 
Data Collected The same data will be collected in the Audit and in the Trial.

2. Obtain R&D Approval for Trial Involvement and Get Started in the Trial. 

Once R&D approves involvement in the trial and allocates and trains research nurses, involvement in the step wedge trial can begin. The data collected for the Audit can still be used but the juniors’ role will shift to a supportive role for the research nurses who now own data collection. See more information about data collection in the “Data Collection” tab.  

Due to the step wedge design, your Trust will be randomly assigned to receive the intervention over a three-month period. See the “About” tab for more information on the study design. 

3. Support the Interventions! 

The most important role of the leaders is to support the interventions when they are implemented in your Trust. An overview of the Interventions can be found on the “Problem and Approach” tab.  

You should support by: 

  • Promoting use of the interventions with staff (verbally, via email, when staff ask questions, etc), particularly upon launch 
  • Helping RESPOND researchers reach staff. For example, by inviting RESPOND researchers to FY1 onboarding sessions 
  • Making time to communicate with the RESPOND researchers when they are on site each week or via email 
  • Being involved in the 2 day RESPOND lead training days, which will happen just before your Trust receives the interventions 
  • Encouraging your staff to attend the staff “Away Days” in week 5 of the three-month intervention period 
  • Providing feedback on the programme and testimonials to use externally.