Research in the School is organised under one overarching research cluster, 'identifying and reducing preventable burden and complexity in vulnerable groups' and is focused on two key health care areas that are embedded in wider University collaborative research initiatives: Maternal and Child Health and Supportive and Palliative Care.
These research groups provide a focus for interdisciplinary, internationally excellent research and research training in the School of Nursing and Midwifery while producing knowledge translation that is regionally, nationally and internationally relevant. The overall objective is to deliver relevant, high quality research aimed at identifying and reducing preventable burden in vulnerable groups that will underpin 1) nursing and midwifery practice, 2) inform health care policies and 3) ultimately result in real benefit to patients.
The School has developed research translation into practice and increased user involvement through the process of NHS joint appointments, use of easily accessible resources and involvement of stakeholders. At project level we work with users, policy makers and clinicians to implement research in practice through development of guidelines and audits, clinical roadshows, workshops and user conferences. In addition to publishing our research in high impact research journals, we are committed to publishing the findings in professional journals and consumer magazines.
Ongoing staff and student development is a key part of the research strategy in the School with the overall aim of building up research capacity in the nursing and midwifery professions in the University, the NHS and wider national and international research community.