First started in 2009 when I was looking for a course to go on myself. I wasn’t able to find anything, until I came across an NHS Trust in Wales that had set up a Writing Club, run by a Clinical Librarian.
Initially, we asked clinicians to come and talk at a lunchtime “brown bag” session, on topics such as writing up medical case reports, going to conferences, running newsletters, statistics. Due to staffing pressures, this lasted around 18 months having quarterly meetings, and then lost momentum.
The group was on the basis of a guest speaker on a “hot topic” with a Q&A session. Attendees varied from session to session, but each new attendee is added to a mailing list for contacting about future meetings.
In 2015, I was contacted again by a consultant in Stroke Medicine who wanted to set something up primarily aimed at junior doctors who are now expected to publish more and more as a part of their continuing development and contribution to medicine.
Sessions have included systematic reviews, presenting data, audit, reporting guidelines for RCTs, social media, and informal peer review sessions. In these, attendees bring their drafts which are then shared with the group for supportive critique and feedback.
Sessions planned are on altmetrics and impact of research, and how to get your research into the media, from the Trust’s communications manager.
The Writing Club blog has a collection of reflections on previous sessions that have been run, and a series of “top tips” for writers, gathered from around the internet, from sessions that we’ve run and from the comments we’ve had in the Writing for Publication workshops that we also run.
Mainly updated by myself and a colleague, with some support from Dr Mistri. We invite all speakers from the Writing Club to contribute to the blog, but not many take us up on this! We’re still hoping that this can become a place for conversation, but it’s not quite taken off yet.
Grew out of a bespoke session requested by the National Association of Health Play Specialists. We realised that this would complement the Writing Club, and would be an excellent introduction for anyone lacking in confidence to begin writing. Sat down and considered the main aspects that we felt should be covered, and structured a session around this, making sure it was interactive as much as possible.
Now run monthly, rotating across 3 hospital sites, with over 50 attendees april 2016-March 2017.
These are usually very insightful comments!
We give the attendees a chance to sit down and start writing, on a “blank sheet” of paper. This is always sold as being purely for themselves, but we make them sit and write for 10 minutes, as something they are able to take away and work on later.
We also talk through the anatomy of a research paper, how to go about getting published by following the instructions to authors, why we need to use good referencing.
The final part of the session is peer reviewing a draft article. We’ve used several different drafts in recent sessions, often using a draft one of the course leaders submitted for consideration of publication. This usually gets the participants thinking and more able to understand the process an article goes through before getting into print. Peer review is the flipside of the writing process, and we also encourage attendees to come along to our “Critical Reading Made Easy” practical sessions to hone their critical appraisal skills which should then hopefully lead to better quality writing.
We talk through the anatomy of a research paper and which sections need more input than others. The most interesting & original answer to “what does a paper need, first of all?” was “an audience!”.
Peer review. We use a variety of papers and a fairly standard peer review form with basic questions on clarity of argument, grammar, up to date referencing etc to assess the paper and give participants a taste of what may become of their work post submission. We also talk about whether it’s appropriate to rebut comments from reviewers and when to resubmit elsewhere.
Attendees at February session report their increased confidence.
Writing for publication: using training and blogs to promote publishing in a hospital trust - Divall
Writing for Publication
using training and blogs to
promote publishing in a hospital