Get involved in research

Get involved in research

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.

NMAHP research showcase

The Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals' (NMAHP) Research Hub team invite you to an event to celebrate research conducted across Barts Health NHS Trust, on Thursday May 9th between 1pm and 5pm, in the West Wing conference room, St Bartholomew's Hospital. Everyone is welcome. Please register your interest in attending with Ryan Essex at r.w.essex@gre.ac.uk by 5pm, 26th April 2019. The schedule for the day can be found here -  NMAHP Research Showcase Programme - May 2019.pdf [pdf] 620KB .

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.

Research education opportunities

Partner university

Programme of study

Queen Mary University London

  • MSc Healthcare research methods

City, University of London

  • MSc Adult Mental Health
  • MSC Advanced Nurse Practitioner
  • MSc Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • MSc Medical Ultrasound
  • MSc Nursing (Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care)
  • MSc Midwifery (Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care)
  • MRES Clinical Research
  • MSc Health Management
  • MSc Health Policy
  • MSC Health Service Research

University of Greenwich

  • MSc  NMAHP Advanced Practice
  • MSc Nursing (Adult Nursing)
  • MSc Nursing (Children’s Nursing)
  • MSc Nursing (Mental Health Nursing)
  • MA Healthcare Practice
  • MSc Child and Adolescent Psychology:

London South Bank University

  • MSc Children’s Nursing
  • MSc Professional Practice Children’s Nursing
  • MSc Advanced Nurse Practitioner
  • MSc Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • MSc Advanced Clinical Practice
  • MSc Advanced Nurse Practitioner
  • MSC Leadership and Service Improvement
  • MSC Public Health and Health Promotion
  • MSc Midwifery and Excellence in Practice

University of Hertfordshire

  • MSc Advanced Physiotherapy
  • MSc Dietetics
  • MSc Midwifery
  • MSC Medical Imaging and Radiation Science
  • MSc Midwifery and Women’s Health
  • MSc Adult nursing
  • MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing

Middlesex University

  • MSc Mental Health studies
  • MSc Mental Health and Substance Use
  • MSc Midwifery
  • MSc Advanced Nursing Practice

Brunel University London

  • MSc Physiotherapy Advanced Clinical Practice
  • MSc Public Health

University of East London

  • MSc Public Health

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:

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

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.

Let Me Take Care of You from Paul William Craddock on Vimeo.

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.”