The Centre for Nurse and Midwife led Research provides a focus for a UCLH and UCL collaboration to build nursing and midwifery research capacity in translational research that will investigate patient care issues of high priority for the NHS.
World class nursing and midwifery research within the School of Life and Medical Sciences (SLMS) at UCL has been developed since 2008 through funding from the Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre (CBRC). The main strategy is to produce research that:
• directly benefits NHS patients e.g. through reduction of morbidity, better symptom management and improved quality of life
• and improves healthcare services e.g. more effective nursing and midwifery care providing innovative solutions that maximize patient benefit.
The main work is the conduct of women and family focused research at the UCL EGA Institute for Women's Health (IfWH). The IfWH sits within the Faculty of Population Health Sciences at UCL under the broad SLMS umbrella. Our research is conducted across the age span and at specific points in women's lives e.g. before and after childbearing or when gynaecological cancer strikes. The research emphasises partnership between women and health care professionals and patient and public involvement is integral to what we do. The current research programmes are:
• Symptom assessment and management in women's cancers particularly nutrition, gastrointestinal symptom complexes and psychosexual concerns
• Evaluating the impact on women of new antenatal screening programmes
• Optimising pre-pregnancy health and care, particularly interventions to support women with diabetes mellitus.
The group is keen to collaborate and hear from nurses and midwives who share their research interests. Quarterly research seminars in collaboration with the CNMR are held and these have been successful in bringing research interested nurses and midwives together.