Research undertaken within the School of Nursing aligns to three main research areas and one developing cross-cutting theme:
End of Life Care
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 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
This research focuses on the investigation and analysis of how services are designed and organised in order to better understand what is most effective in delivering high quality patient care. This involves a broad portfolio of activity including work to examine what constitutes compassionate organisations, how a research culture can be established in health care organisations, and evaluating the impact of new service developments on service delivery and outcomes. Research partnerships with the Health Services Management Centre and a number of local, national and international organisations are crucial to the conduct of this work.
Risk, Abuse and Violence (RAV)
a. Abuse and violence occurs in many forms and are issues that affect many individuals across the life-course. This can have a negative impact and result in serious and long-term harm. In this research programme we undertake a range projects that investigate violence and abuse, and many of them focus explicitly on child protection. Research into domestic violence is also a strong element in this programme.
b. Risk is conceived of as a broader issue than violence and abuse and includes any factors that may make an individual vulnerable or marginalised within society for example, their gender, age, sexuality, ethnicity and disability.
Advancing Research Methodologies: A Cross Cutting Theme
There is a strong focus in the School of Nursing on developing research methodologies that can inform the three research areas. We have considerable methodological expertise in the school in the following approaches: Delphi Technique, Critical Incident Technique, Qualitative Methods and Poetry. Our aim is to further develop this strength in the School.