Useful resources

In this section you will find external resources to support nursing, midwifery and care staff research.

National Institute of Health Research (NIHR)

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) fund health and care research and translate discoveries into practical products, treatments, devices and procedures, involving patients and the public in all their work.

NIHR ensures that the NHS is able to support the research of other funders to encourage broader investment in, and economic growth from, health research. They work with charities and the life sciences industry to help patients gain earlier access to breakthrough treatments and train and develop researchers to keep the nation at the forefront of international research

The Association of UK University Hospitals (AUKUH)

The Association of UK University Hospitals is the key leadership body across the UK promoting the tripartite interests of university hospitals: service, teaching and research. Its role is to represent university hospital Trusts’ unique interests in partnership with other national bodies. The high-quality teaching and research conducted within these institutions allows the standard of care provided to the patients they treat to be at the forefront of best practice throughout the UK.

Transforming healthcare through clinical academic roles in nursing, midwifery and allied health professions: A practical resource for healthcare provider organisations.

Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs)

The 13 Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs) are funded by the National Institute for Health Research and undertake high-quality applied health research focused on the needs of patients and support the translation of research evidence into practice with the wider NHS and Public Health.

CLAHRCs are collaborative partnerships between a university and the surrounding NHS organisations, focused on improving patient outcomes through the conduct and application of applied health research. They create and embed approaches to research and its dissemination that are specifically designed to take account of the way that health care is increasingly delivered across sectors and a wide geographical area

Academic Science Health Networks (AHSN)

There are 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) across England, established by NHS England in 2013 to spread innovation at pace and scale – improving health and generating economic growth. Each AHSN works across a distinct geography serving a different population in each region.

As the only bodies that connect NHS and academic organisations, local authorities, the third sector and industry, we are catalysts that create the right conditions to facilitate change across whole health and social care economies, with a clear focus on improving outcomes for patients.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care NICE’s role is to improve outcomes for people using the NHS and other public health and social care services. This is done by,

  • Producing evidence-based guidance and advice for health, public health and social care practitioners.
  • Developing quality standards and performance metrics for those providing and commissioning health, public health and social care services.
  • Providing a range of information services for commissioners, practitioners and managers across the spectrum of health and social care.

Since 1999, NICE has provided the NHS, and those who rely on it for their care, with an increasing range of advice on effective, good value healthcare, and have gained a reputation for rigour, independence and objectivity. In April 2013, NICE gained new responsibilities for providing guidance for those working in social care.

NICE in partnership with HEE also provides quick access to reliable information for health and social care professionals. Using this evidence service you can use the healthcare databases advanced search (HDAS), or search journals, databases and specialist evidence via OpenAthens.

World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre

WHO collaborating centres are institutions such as research institutes, parts of universities or academies, which are designated by the Director-General to carry out activities in support of the Organization’s programmes. Currently there are over 700 WHO collaborating centres in over 80 Member States working with WHO on areas such as nursing, occupational health, communicable diseases, nutrition, mental health, chronic diseases and health technologies.

WHO’s goal is to build a better, healthier future for people all over the world. Working through offices in more than 150 countries, WHO staff work side by side with governments and other partners to ensure the highest attainable level of health for all people.

Together WHO strives to combat diseases – infectious diseases like influenza and HIV and non-communicable ones like cancer and heart disease. WHO helps mothers and children survive and thrive so they can look forward to a healthy old age. WHO ensures the safety of the air people breathe, the food they eat, the water they drink – and the medicines and vaccines they need.

Care Staff research

The NIHR School of Social Care Research (NIHR, SSCR)

The Social Care Elf

Social Care Institute of Excellence