Research in the School of Nursing

Research undertaken within the School of Nursing aligns to three main research areas and one developing cross-cutting theme:

Risk, Abuse and Violence (RAV) Research

  1. Abuse and violence occurs in many forms and is an issue that affects many individuals across the life-course. These negative impacts are serious and long-term. In this research programme we undertake numerous projects that address violence and abuse, many of them focus explicitly on child protection. The issue of domestic violence is also a strong theme in this programme, with a developing theme of inpatient violence.
  2. Risk is conceived of as a broader issue than violence and abuse, operating at a societal level. It includes any high-risk situation, presentation and/or condition that results in patients, women and families requiring speciality input and/or services. This sub-theme includes vulnerable individuals or those marginalised within society through for example, their gender, age, sexuality, ethnicity, mental ill health and disability.

Find out more about the Risk, Abuse and Violence Research Programme

End of Life Care Research

End of life care research in the School of Nursing encompasses work to investigate service design in end of care; decision making at the end of life; quality measures for end of life care; and service improvement activity. In conducting this research this research we collaborate with a range of partner organisations including the Marie Curie Hospice Solihull, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, City and Sandwell NHS Trust, Virginia Commonwealth University in the US and the University of Ottawa in Canada.

Organisation and Delivery of Services Research

This research focuses on the investigation and analysis of how services are designed and organised in order to better understand what is most effective to deliver high quality patient care. 

This involves a broad portfolio of activity including healthcare transformation, role and service development as well as factors that contribute to a high quality healthcare environment and provision for example: compassion, excellence and research capacity building to transform and improve care. Research partnerships with UOB Health Services Management Centre as well as a number of local, national and international organisations are crucial to the conduct and delivery of this work.