Nursing Studies

Research environment

We offer a lively research environment with a mix of research interests and methods.

Current research themes

Our work is concerned with health and illness with a focus on how individuals and families experience illness. Our research interests fall within two themes:

  • Experience of Health and Illness
  • Health Care: organisation and policy

The first theme is concerned with how patients, unpaid caregivers and different staff groups experience health, illness and care. The second theme concerns ways in which the organisation of care shapes the day-to-day reality of caring and being cared for among both lay and professional groups and in a range of contexts.

Given the current thrust of health policy the themes cannot be seen as separate, but as two aspects of current redesign and development of health care and health care workforce towards a modern and person-centred service.

Within these broad themes work includes the development of knowledge, theoretical perspectives and methods to advance our understanding of health and illness and the organisation and policies required for the delivery of evidence -based quality care.

There is for example work on unexplained symptoms and the experience of pain and a programme of work concerned with maximising recovery from acute illness and trauma have developed a body of research around the theme of how patients, unpaid carers and different staff groups experience health, illness and care. We are also interested in health care organisation and policy.

Developing areas

In Nursing Studies, we are developing a programme of work in collaboration with service providers. Under the theme, experience of health and illness, there has been for example, a study of Hepatitis C which studies chronic need and associated service provision and re-design.

Nursing Studies welcomes the opportunity to develop Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, focusing on service re-design and an organisation of care delivery that would meet the demands of the modernising agenda. The latter has implications for workforce planning and CPD and the production of the new health care workforce.

There are regular research seminars for Nursing Studies staff and research students to which both students and staff contribute. In addition, Nursing Studies presents other seminars open to clinical staff as well as the wider University community and the public.

An important aspect of our work concerns knowledge transfer and effective engagement with NHS, social care and lay organisations.