“The Institute supports a vibrant and thriving community of researchers from a range of disciplines and organisations, with the aim of improving care for patients, practitioners and providers.”
Our aim is to lead, support and drive evidence-informed improvements in service provision, sensitive to the needs of users and providers of health and social care. Our research activity encompasses key themes (clusters) including:
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. Click this link for further information.
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. Click this link for further information.
Improving Professional Practice
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. Click this link for further information.
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. Click this link for further information.