Transforming lives through applied health research
Our strategic aim is to be at the forefront of innovative research to improve outcomes for people with life-limiting conditions and disability and ensure better futures for children, families and socially excluded groups.
Research activities in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences are grouped under two multi-disciplinary work-streams and this activity benefits from close collaborations both national and internationally. Further UK, European and global links exist, e.g. Universities of York (Glanville, McGuire), St Louis (Gray), Cornell (Bruyere), Arizona (Marshall), UNIFRA at Santa Maria, Brazil (Backes), Karolinska Institutet (Gustaffson).
Research from this work-stream is aimed at improving outcomes for some of the world’s most prevalent conditions and examines how individuals living with long-term health conditions and/or disabilities, and oral diseases can be supported to cope with physical, psychological consequences through improved prevention, diagnostics, care delivery and management pathways. We have particular expertise in understanding the psychosocial and environmental factors that influence participation in society and in leading developments in technology that improve patient experience and outcomes and enhance interventions provided by healthcare professionals.
Maternal and infant health
The overall aim of this work-stream is to use evidence to improve the health and wellbeing of childbearing women, babies, children, adolescents and families. The Mother and Infant Research Unit’s focus is to tackle inequalities and neglect and strengthen the capabilities of families made vulnerable by health or social problems. An important component of this group’s research is the internationally recognised work in relation to reducing the impact of social inequalities in competent parenting to promote children’s physical, psychological and in infant feeding family dietary behaviours and nutrition through the life course.
Two cross-cutting themes underpin the activities of both groupings to maximise the impact of the research to improve health and well-being:
Improving care delivery
All of our research is focused on improving health and wellbeing in a variety of service and care contexts to improve outcomes. Integral to this theme is our focus on the influences of professional behaviour and clinical practice within health and social care.
Addressing inequalities both societal and health related with underserved or underrepresented communities is a common aspect of significant components of the research employing cutting-edge methodologies with novel interventions to tackle inequalities.