Nursing, midwifery and AHP research
Our Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals (NMAHP) research hub is a new entity specifically aimed at and created for, nurses, midwives and allied healthcare professionals across the trust. It is led by NMAHP research leaders and aims to provide a virtual environment that NMAHPs from across the trust can engage with for anything research related.
Collaboration between NMAHP and medical research
Crossover exists, and collaboration between NMAHP and medical research is key to ensure that all aspects of patient care are fully understood and developed in unison. NMAHP-led research opens up existing research agendas to be fully inclusive of all healthcare staff. This means that different research methodologies are also utilised from across the academic world to ensure the right approach is used for the questions that need to be explored and answered.
Our NMAHP research hub team
The NMAHP research hub team consists of three nurses, a midwife, and an allied healthcare professional. Between them, they have a wealth of experience in NMAHP-led research and are keen to share this knowledge to help generate future NMAHP researchers, whether that is to dabble in research to gain further knowledge and experience that aids evidence-based practice, or to become NMAHP research leaders themselves.
They aim to achieve this by:
- Conducting and supporting high quality, NMAHP-led multidisciplinary research
- Providing bespoke in-house training and signposting to external formal research training programmes such as Masters degrees and PhDs
- Providing advice on funding opportunities and supporting grant proposals
- Providing advice on NMAHP research career pathways
- Presenting case studies of NMAHP-led research
- Highlighting current and future NMAHP-led research
- Advertising internal and external events related to NMAHP research
Training and educational opportunities
Educational sessions to support research usage and research engagement are available in a variety of formats for NMAHP staff at Barts Health.
Bespoke training sessions
Wards and services can request bespoke in-service training on a range of research-related topics including:
- Evidence-based practice
- Critical appraisal – quantitative/qualitative and mixed-methods research
- Interpreting inferential statistics
- Knowledge translation – getting evidence into practice
- Research methods
- Writing for dissemination
Formal research training programmes
We have links with a number of universities. Between them, these provide a range of postgraduate courses Masters and Doctorate courses according to their areas of expertise, as outlined below. If you find an opportunity which interests you, please get in touch. Our team will be happy to advise you.
Programme of study
Fee-paying PhD/professional doctorate programmes are also available at each partner HEI: City University London, University of Greenwich, London South Bank University, Middlesex University London, Brunei University, University of Hertfordshire, Queen Mary University of London and University of East London.
Competitive funding to support enrolment onto a PhD, and other research training programmes is available from:
- Barts Charity
- National Institute for Health Research – Integrated Clinical Academic Programme
- Wellcome Trust – Research Awards for Health Professionals
Additionally, research coaching and mentoring is also available for individuals or teams who are interested in engaging in research. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
Learning from high-end restaurants to improve patients’ experience
We're turning to Michelin Star restaurants to help serve up new ideas to improve our patients’ experience.
Alongside the University of Greenwich and Imperial College London, we are undertaking an innovative study to better understand how restaurants – including Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck – give their guests a 5-star experience.
The key learnings will then be translated into recommendations that NHS services and hospitals can then adapt and implement to improve patients’ experience.
Barts Health has some of the best patient outcomes in the NHS, consistently recording fewer deaths in its hospitals than would be expected for the specialist care it provides. However, the Trust wants to make its patients’ time - from the moment they enter hospital through to when they are discharged - as good as possible and believes the emphasis high-end restaurants place on diners’ experience may provide real, unique opportunities to learn and improve services.
So, how will it work? Expert researchers from the University of Greenwich and Imperial College London will spend time observing top restaurants as well as hospital wards and waiting areas. In June, members of the public will have the opportunity to attend unique events where they can experience first-hand some of the key techniques that were observed in both settings.
The events will take place on:
- Monday 4th June (5-8pm) - Westminster Kingsway College, London
- Thursday 14th June (4-7pm) - The Infirmary Museum, Worcester
- Saturday 16th June (11AM-3pm) - Glasgow Science Centre, Glasgow
- Monday 18th June (6:30-8:30pm) - Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London
- Monday 25th June (2-7pm) - Royal College of Nursing, London
Members of the public who wish to attend one of the events are to email: Sharon.Weldon@bartshealth.nhs.uk
Dr Sharon Weldon, Nurse Research and Education Lead at Barts Health NHS Trust and the University of Greenwich, and Honorary Research Fellow at Imperial College London, said: “We are always looking for exciting new ways to improve patients’ experience. Michelin Star restaurants invest so much time in understanding what makes a great experience for their guests and we think there will be lots we can learn.”
Baseline audit survey
We are conducting a trust-wide audit of nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals to understand current research awareness and activity, and identify potentials for research growth and opportunity. We would appreciate a few moments of your time to complete this short survey online or on paper [pdf] 454KB. Please return paper surveys to the education centre at RLH.