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The South West Clinical School Journal aims to share and celebrate evidence-based practice at its best.
This journal has evolved to capture the evidence-based experiences of nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and other non-medical clinical colleagues. The journal provides a route for some to their first formal publication; it also provides staff within these professions the opportunity to edit and produce a regular electronic journal, meeting the wider aims of the South West Clinical School in Cornwall: exposure to opportunities to grow clinical academic knowledge and skills.

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The South West Clinical School was established at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust in 2014. The Clinical School is part of the University of Plymouth’s South West Clinical School Collaboration: a professorial-led initiative which aims to link research with practice to improve patient outcomes across NHS Trusts in the South West. In 2020 the Clinical School expanded to incorporate Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust and is now known as the South West Clinical School in Cornwall.

This journal grew in response to a successful Clinical School engagement activity: The #400Word writing competition. #400Word was introduced to promote writing about evidence-based practice connected to the Clinical School’s mantra – Knowledge + Action. This mantra was embedded in the Clinical School’s philosophical grounding connected to the Knowledge to Action Framework (Graham et al., 2006). #400Word submissions were judged each quarter across the year. The competition encouraged novice writers from nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions to celebrate their clinical academic enquiries and pursuits. The competition grew a body of work worthy of greater exposure. As dissemination of local work was important, the competition also helped talent spot colleagues, often with clinical academic ambitions, and gave them opportunities for developing further their writing into targeted articles for peer-review publications.

In 2018 the Trust’s Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Vision (its strategic policy) challenged its workforce to tackle unwarranted variation in practice, by adopting the best knowledge from the existing evidence-base and then writing 400 words to celebrate their achievements and share their experience. Staff engagement increased and added to the growing body of #400Words that warranted wider exposure. It is from these humble beginnings and from the enthusiasm of colleagues to write and share their evidence-based experiences that this Journal was established.

South West Clinical School Journal’s Editorial Advisory Board

The Editorial Advisory Board is a group of experts, drawn from the Clinical School Leadership Group or who are invited on to the Board, who dictate the tone and direction of the publication’s editorial policy.

The board is made up of an Editor-in-Chief (and Chair) and Editorial Advisory Board Members.
Editorial Board Members are voluntary members who:
• Review submitted manuscripts.
• Advise on journal policy and scope.
• Identify topics for special issues, which they may guest edit.
• Attract new authors and submissions.
• Promote the journal to their colleagues and peers.
• Assist the editor(s) in decision making over issues such as plagiarism claims and submissions where reviewers can’t agree on a decision. (list taken from

Dr Frazer Underwood, Associate Clinical Professor (Honorary) and Consultant Nurse in Integrated Services for Older People. Joint Director of the South West Clinical School in Cornwall.

Editorial Advisory Board:
Sue Apthomas, Knowledge Service Manager, Cornwall Health Library, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust.

Lisa Attrill, Lecturer in Adult Nursing, University of Plymouth’s School of Nursing & Midwifery

Dr Lisa Burrows, Lecture in Nursing – Mental Health, University of Plymouth’s School of Nursing & Midwifery

Mandy Gorton, Clinical Effectiveness Manager. Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust.

Caroline Jamison, Associate Head of School – Teaching & Learning and Lecturer Adult Nursing/Apprenticeship Lead. University of Plymouth’s School of Nursing & Midwifery.

Heather Newton, Consultant Nurse Tissue Viability. Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust.

Professor Jill Shawe, Professor in Maternal and Family Health, University of Plymouth’s School of Nursing & Midwifery and Joint Director of the South West Clinical School in Cornwall.

Emma Underwood, Lymphoedema Specialist (Occupational Therapist), Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust

Michael Wilcock, Head of Prescribing Support Unit, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

South West Clinical School Journal Contact Details:

South West Clinical School Journal.
Room F.039,
The Knowledge Spa,
Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust


01872 255043