Quality of Research
Cardiff School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies
Research Assessment Exercise (2008)
|Unit of Assessment||Staff submitted (FTE)||By percentage, research activity in the submission judged to reach quality standard|
|Nursing and Midwifery (C11)||11.50||4||3||2||1||UC|
(Overall quality profile in blocks of 5%)
The School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies undertakes theoretically informed and empirically rigorous research which stands at the forefront of nursing and midwifery policy debates at international, national, and local levels.
The School’s research structure comprises three themes (work and organisation; health knowledge; and health technologies) and three cross-cutting clinical foci (genetics; mental health; and long-term conditions). Each theme addresses relevant issues applied to the clinical foci as appropriate.
The School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies is a thriving, high-quality institution renowned for excellence in research, learning and teaching.
Research in the School is primarily led by the Nursing, Health and Social Care Research Centre. The School also operates the Wales Centre for Evidence-Based Care (a collaborating centre of the Joanna Briggs Institute) and staff members contribute to a number of other research centres and networks based at the University. These include the Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics and the Healing Foundation UK Centre for Burns Research. Staff from within the School also lead two of the research groups providing the creative drive for Mental Health Research Network Cymru, a large-scale research project helping to raise standards of mental health and social care research and practice throughout Wales.
The School invests substantially in both human and material resources in order to increase research capacity. The research environment within the School has been enriched by a growth in the number of postgraduate researchers whose fields of study coincide with established research programmes. To this end, the School usually offers a number of research studentships each year, to provide outstanding applicants with tuition fees and/or stipends to help cover living expenses. When available, the studentships are advertised on the School website.
Facilities include a bespoke Research Centre providing specialist expertise, administrative support, and equipment. The School also benefits from a joint University-NHS Trust clinical research facility.
Work undertaken in the School has a strong interdisciplinary ethos and is characterised by a readiness to engage with the complexity of service provision. This has produced a strong range of systematic reviews, methodological innovation and applied projects addressing key healthcare priorities.
Collaboration is an important element to research as work is often undertaken in partnership with communities and healthcare professionals. Particularly good links exist with local NHS providers. The School is developing a portfolio of substantial externally-funded projects across a range of prestigious awarding bodies and research collaborations have produced awards in excess of £1.5M.