Allied Health Professionals

The Allied Health Professionals Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) group aims to ensure that clinical practice is based on the best available research evidence, increase an evidence-based culture by assisting clinicians to develop critical appraisal skills, foster partnerships between clinicians, researchers, librarians and patients and generates practice-based clinical questions that require further research. This group is also known as the ‘CAT’ group as we utilise a method called ‘Critically Appraised Topics’ in our work.

Patient and Public Involvement

Patricia PPIE photo "I was recently invited to attend a CAT group meeting to observe and contribute from a patient and public perspective. My attendance was welcomed by the members as was my input. I listened carefully to the group discussions and gained a clearer understanding of how patient and public involvement could be beneficial. I was able to ask important questions regarding some of the intricacies of certain processes and in return gathered the information necessary to develop an understanding with the patient viewpoint in mind. I found the experience both interesting and informative and of vital importance in the development of patient and public involvement."

Patricia Callaghan, Link Group member

Learn more about the Link Group.

Partner CAT groups

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Trust 
Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital Foundation Trust
Shropshire Community NHS Trust
Midlands Partnership Foundation NHS Trust
University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust
Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

CAT group aims

  • Ensure clinical practice is based on the best available evidence
  • Promote evidence-based culture and increase critical appraisal skills for clinicians and patients
  • foster partnerships between clinicians, patients, librarians and researchers and generate practice-based clinical questions that require further research
  • Generate questions from our patient representatives
  • Create an online environment to share knowledge
  • Mobilise the knowledge using various media
  • Provide training to support others to adopt this method