The Evidence-based Practice Research Centre (EPRC) comprises a multi-professional team, linked to the cross faculty, themes working in four thematic areas of programmatic research:

1. Supporting Care

Work in this theme responds to current national and international agendas and includes supporting care practices for people with long term conditions (including end of life care). These include best practices regarding respiratory care with an emerging stream of Cochrane reviews in this field, incontinence management, care and support for cancer patients and those with neurological conditions, such as dementia or Motor Neurone Disease and their carers. A particular achievement in one strand of work in this theme concerns the development of an intervention to support carers of family members, or friends, who are approaching end of life.

Research leaders in this theme are:

Professor Barbara Jack

Professor Mary O’Brien

Professor Sally Spencer

2. Improving Professional Practice through Service Delivery Education and Leadership

Our second theme of work focuses on addressing national challenges resulting in a programme of research which aims to provide the evidence to inform curriculum planning and delivery. Work includes: the impact of simulation, including the identification of best evidence for medical education and practice and exploring the areas of compassion and patient safety. More recently we are developing a stream of work around leadership education for health care professionals.

Research Leaders in this theme are:  

Professor Jeremy Brown

3. Children, Young People and Families

Our research focuses on making a difference to the services accessed and the lives of children, young people and their families, particularly those with complex needs, those requiring palliative care and those living with long-term conditions and learning disabilities. All our work is underpinned by meaningful collaboration and engagement. A particular interest lies in our growing stream of work around supporting children and young people undergoing clinical procedures.

Research leaders in this theme are:

Professor Bernie Carter

Dr Lucy Bray

4. Health and Wellbeing

With the expansion of the Faculty portfolio, we are developing a theme around health and wellbeing. Past and current work is around ageing, arts and health across the life course. Specific work involves care homes and older people, nutrition including food banks and arts for health programmes in museums and galleries. We plan to develop this theme in the autumn as new appointments take up post.

Research leaders in this theme are:

Professor Brenda Roe

The overall goal is to translate our findings to impact on clinical care thereby making a difference to policies, guidelines, service development and ultimately to improve the health and wellbeing of all.