Addressing current challenges in adult nursing: Describing a virtual consensus development project methodology

Bethany Taylor*, Jane South, Steve Robertson, Tony Ryan, Emily Wood, Rachel Louise King, Michaela Senek, Angela Tod, Jane Seymour

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Aim: This article describes the development and implementation of a virtual consensus development project to address current challenges in adult nursing care in the UK. Design: This is a Consensus Development Project (CDP). Methods: The five stages of this CDP were: develop questions (informed by PPI representatives and a documentary review), generate evidence reviews, recruit and orient the lay panel, host consensus seminars, and consult with panel members and stakeholders. Results: To the best of our knowledge, a CDP has not previously been conducted in a UK nursing context, and this is the first of its kind to be hosted virtually. This article contributes a detailed outline of the consensus development methodology and constructive commentary to support future consensus development projects. Learning points include reflections on the impact of hosting this event virtually, the relationship between the project coordinator and chair, and the composition of the lay panel.

Original languageEnglish
JournalNursing Open
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The project was funded by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) as part of the Strategic Research Alliance (SRA) between the RCN and the University of Sheffield. The views expressed are those of the author(s), and not necessarily those of the RCN or the University of Sheffield.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 The Authors. Nursing Open published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


  • adult nursing
  • consensus methodology
  • United kingdom


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