Dr Tom Powell
My current research focus is on the NHS workforce in Wales as part of the Workforce Research Academy based within the School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies. Led by Professor Daniel Kelly the Workforce Academy was established in 2011 to develop an evidence base in workforce research. This encourages collaboration with a number of other Schools at Cardiff University including Cardiff Business School, Health Care Studies, Pharmacy, Post-Graduate Medicine, Mathematics, Geography and part of my role is to drive this collaborative approach, both internally within Cardiff University and externally with partner organisations including the Welsh Government and the NHS.
The initial focus of the Workforce Academy is to explore the workforce implications of service innovation. Innovation in health care should be needs-driven, evidence-based and outcome-focused in order to meet the needs of patients and families. In order to achieve this goal projects undertaken in this theme are practice-based and are intended to have impact at the level of service delivery.
Other current areas of activity include patient safety, protection of vulnerable older people, reviewing the evidence for the development of innovations and collaborating on projects to understand the culture of care settings.