South West Clinical School Journal

The South West Clinical School Journal is published quarterly, the Journal shares the work of regional colleagues with a wider national and international audience. You can access and read the current as well as back issues of the journal here.

The South West Clinical School Journal was brought to life by the South West Clinical School in Cornwall.

The online journal was an extension of their staff engagement activity to encourage writing for publication. For a number of years, they had run a #400Word writing competition, open to all nurses, midwives and allied health professionals, the competition give staff the opportunity to write and locally publish articles that reflected on evidence informed projects they have planned and delivered in practice. They were challenged by the best way to disseminate an increasing number of submission each quarter.

In 2021, their crude dissemination methods took a turn when they developed the first iteration of an electronic journal, hosted here on the Cornwall Health Library website. This opened up access and readership, and also stimulated others to write for the Journal.

In 2022, ambition grow and the opportunity to allow these published articles to be better searched and available saw the Journal migrated to be hosted on the University’s open access research repository PEARL, where it proudly resides today.

By popular demand, in July 2023, the Journal ceased to be just a Cornwall facing publication. The opportunity to nurture novice talent through journal writing was recognised across the wider South West Clinical School’s region. From September 2023, the Journal is open to all regional Clinical School Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals to write #400Words for publication.  

The editorial in the journal’s first edition explains more behind the concept of #400Words and its ambitions, read this editorial on Nurturing clinical academic talent.

Page last reviewed: 1 August 2023

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