Nursing R&D

Nursing Research and Development


Research is the search for new knowledge using scientific methodologies and approaches

Development is the planned implementation and utilisation of evidence through the use of systematic processes of change

  • Research and Development makes an important contribution to the quality of patient care and the evidence based culture of the organisation.
  • Research and Development must be grounded in practice; we must be able to see where it fits in with our working day and what difference it can make.
  • Dissemination, utilisation and implementation of research in practice are viewed as an important element of the Research and Development agenda.
  • Developing practice based on evidence is a legitimate activity integral to the roles of nurses & midwives
  • Specific plans are needed to help & encourage nurses to use research -but YOU cannot do this alone. 


The Nursing Research and Development Team are here to help:


Prof Vivian Coates

Dr Kathleen Dunne

Gillian McCorkell


Our purpose is:

  • Supporting research activity
  • Implementing and raising awareness of existing research
  • Developing a culture of enquiry
  • Supporting a Trust-wide research sub-group


Activities we can support nurses and midwives with include:

  • Developing topics/ideas: "I have an idea or issue that I would like to explore"
  • Research Methods - Qualitative, Quantitative: "How should I do this?"
  • Literature review & critique: "How do I know if this idea has been researched before?"
  • Writing research proposals: "How do I bring forward my idea for research?"
  • Ethics and Trust Research Management submissions: "Whose permission do I need to do the research?"
  • Funding: "How can I pay for the work?"
  • Writing papers for publication & presentations at conferences: "How can I tell people about my work?"
  • Establishing Evidence Based Practice Forums: We aim to facilitate the dissemination of evidence for practice in the following clinical directorates:
    • Acute
    • Women and Children
    • Primary Care and Older People
    • Mental Health and Learning Disabilities