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Boundary work during COVID-19: The transformation of research review and set-up

Vindrola-Padros, C; Herron, D; McNally, N; (2021) Boundary work during COVID-19: The transformation of research review and set-up. Future Healthcare Journal , 8 (2) e322-e325. 10.7861/fhj.2020-0262. Green open access

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Abstract

Background and aims: The rapid setting up of research during the COVID-19 pandemic led to changes in ways of working within research organisations. The aim of this study was to examine the experiences of staff involved in the research review and set-up system at a large NHS and university partnership in the UK through the lens of boundary theory. / Methods: We carried out a rapid qualitative appraisal based on telephone interviews (n=25) to explore how staff experienced the research review and set-up system during the pandemic. / Results: In light of the pressures created by the pandemic, the boundaries established to set up distinct groups and responsibilities were modified to allow for different ways of working. Some of the new structures and processes were seen positively and brought groups that previously worked at a distance closer together. / Conclusions: The reconceptualisation of relations within the research system during the pandemic added more fluidity to ways of working within the research office and contributed to closer working interactions and an expanded team ethos.

Type: Article
Title: Boundary work during COVID-19: The transformation of research review and set-up
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.7861/fhj.2020-0262
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.7861/fhj.2020-0262
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: COVID-19, research office, boundaries
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci > Department of Targeted Intervention
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10127920
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