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

Eternal: healthcare for girls and women with cerebral palsy across the life course

As cerebral palsy (CP) has traditionally been understood as a childhood impairment that remains static across the life course, this study will make a unique contribution to knowledge and practice by generating new understandings of how women experience CP across the life course, including the embodied changes they encounter as they grow older. It will also generate first-hand evidence of the barriers and facilitators to good quality healthcare for this group at critical points across the female life cycle, evidencing good practice that can be learnt from and poor practice that could be improved upon.

The research will enable service users to make an informed contribution to the development of education and training tools for healthcare students and practitioners, and health policies, interventions and clinical guidelines aimed at overcoming barriers and improving healthcare delivery for girls and women with CP in particular, and disabled women in general, at critical stages of the life course – from menarche to menopause.

Find out more about Eternal: healthcare for girls and women with cerebral palsy across the life course

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.