Research Networks - clinical focus or field of research

Acute and critical care

Trauma Audit and Research Network (TARN)

Every year across England and Wales, 10,000 people die after injury. It is the leading cause of death among children and young adults of 44 years and under. In addition, there are many thousands who are left severely disabled for life. Our foundation in research and our highly skilled team ensures that we provide accurate and relevant information to help Doctors, Nurses and Managers improve their services.

Website: https://www.tarn.ac.uk/

Allied and complimentary medicine

The Research Council for Complementary Medicine (RCCM) Complementary and Alternative Medicine Researcher Network (CAMRN)

The RCCM is a charity dedicated to developing and promoting high quality research in Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM).  The RCCM works with the CAM professions and CAM researchers to disseminate knowledge and evidence on safe and effective complementary medicine in the context of an integrated approach to health care.

Website: http://www.rccm.org.uk/

Bereavement research

Bereavement Research Forum (BRF)

The main purpose of the Bereavement Research Forum is to provide a forum to debate current/future research; influence policy makers and funders of research; and support and encourage both producers (researchers) and users of research (both academics and practitioners).

Website: http://www.brforum.org.uk/

Cardiovascular Disease and stroke

National Stroke Nursing Forum (NSNF)

The NSNF wishes to improve the quality of stroke care across the stroke pathway through promoting research that advances the discipline of stroke nursing.

Website: http://www.uclan.ac.uk/research/environment/groups/national_stroke_nursing_forum.php  

Child Health

Research in Child Health Network

The Research in Child Health (RiCH) Community is committed to sharing research activity and enhancing evidence-based practice for infants, children and young people and their families through a steering group and a number of regional groups across the UK.

Website: Research in child health network

University of Bristol The Healing Foundation Children's Burns Research Centre

Our mission is to develop a UK research centre of world-leading excellence crossing clinical and academic boundaries for real patient benefit, to prevent burns and improve the outlook of children with burn injuries.

Website:  http://www.bristol.ac.uk/social-community-medicine/childrens-burns

Defence nursing

Territorial Army (TA) Nursing Research Professoriate

The TA nursing initiative brings together TA nursing academics from across the UK to establish a higher research expertise for leadership, development and guidance to positively influence Army nursing research.

Website: Territorial Army (TA) Nursing Research Professoriate


Dementia Nursing Research Taskforce

The RCN is working with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Dementias & Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network (DeNDRoN) to set up a Dementia Nursing Research Taskforce (in partnership with Dementia UK and Alzheimer's Society), with the purpose of supporting the Prime Minister's challenge on dementia

Website: Dementia Nursing Research Taskforce


TREND-UK (Training, Research and Education for Nurses in Diabetes)

TREND-UK is a working group of diabetes nurses with different skills and backgrounds, set up to provide a facilitative forum for relevant nursing organisations to come together to create a unified voice to forge appropriate change within diabetes nursing in the UK, whether relating to clinical, educational or management issues

Website: TREND-UK

Doctoral nursing

International Network for Doctoral Education in Nursing (INDEN)

INDEN is an independent group, comprised of educators, scholars and students involved in doctoral education in nursing. The aim of INDEN is to advance and promote high quality doctoral education in nursing through national/ international collaboration and co-operation.

Website: http://www.umich.edu/~inden/

Health technologies

Multidisciplinary Assessment of Technology Centre for Healthcare (MATCH)

MATCH is a research collaboration between four leading universities. It is involved with the assessment of medical devices and health technologies to appraise their value and improve health care and clinical outcomes.

Email: match@brunel.ac.uk
Website: www.match.ac.uk/

History of nursing

The UK Centre for the History of Nursing

The UK Centre for the History of Nursing and Midwifery (UKCHNM) is dedicated to research and education in the history of nursing and midwifery. It is based at the University of Manchester and acts in collaboration with the Royal College of Nursing Archives and the Royal College of Nursing's History of Nursing Society.

Website: http://www.nursing.manchester.ac.uk/ukchnm/

RCN Research Society - History of

Website: http://www.rcn.org.uk/development/researchanddevelopment/rs/history

Infectious diseases

Infectious Disease Research Network (IDRN)

The Infectious Disease Research Network (IDRN) promotes multi-disciplinary collaborations, provides information on funding opportunities, organizes training events, and acts as a forum for encouraging high quality infectious disease research.

Website: www.idrn.org/

Scottish Infection Research Network (SIRN)

Funded by the Scottish Government and established to improve the quality and quantity of research into healthcare-related infections in Scotland.

Website: www.gla.ac.uk/sirn/

Infection Prevention Society (IPS)

Our vision is that no person is harmed by a preventable infection. IPS will inform promote and sustain expert infection prevention policy and practice in the pursuit of patient or service user and staff safety wherever care is delivered.

Website: http://www.ips.uk.net/

Mental health

Network for Psychiatric Nursing Research (NPNR)

We are an international Network for psychiatric nursing research. Our members are mental health nurses, researchers, academics and professionals from around the world. We host an annual international conference - the next one taking place in Warwick, UK 18 to 19 September 2014.

Website: NPNR 2014 Conference

Research Centre for Occupation & Mental Health (RCOMH)

Our mission is to develop world class research in occupation and mental health to influence best practice. We will achieve this by providing leadership in research, having a global perspective, facilitating the enpowerment of people who use services to actively participate in research programmes and developing, facilitating and leading coordinated programmes of research.

Website: http://www.yorksj.ac.uk/RCOMH


The International Confederation of Midwives Research Advisory Network

The Network serves the dual function of facilitating research collaboration among members as well as providing expertise and advice to the ICM and the Research Standing Committee on research issues.

Website: http://www.internationalmidwives.org/who-we-are/standing-committees/standing-committee-research-ran.html

Older people

Edward Centre for Healthcare Management Research

Our research centre was established in January 2013 to provide advisory, research and information services. The centre is a collaboration with Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) Health Technology Hub, MIMIT and TRUSTECH and focuses on exploration of care systems, technologies and products that could be developed and adopted for use in the eldercare market.

Website: http://www.edwardhealthcare.org/research/

Centre for Ageing Better

On 25 March 2013, the Big Lottery Fund (the Fund) announced the investment of up to £50m for the Centre for Ageing Better. The Fund decided to create the Centre as a Trust, and it has recently recruited the Centre’s first Chair and its first four trustees.

Website: http://www.centreforageingbetter.com/

My Home Life

My Home Life is led by the care home sector itself, in partnership with Age UK, City University and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. It is a collaborative programme bringing together organisations which reflect the interests of care home providers, commissioners, regulators, care home residents and relatives, and those interested in education, research and practice development.

Website: www.myhomelife.org.uk


KT-EQUAL is a consortium of UK researchers dedicated to extending quality life for older and disabled people. We work to ensure that years of investment in high-quality research translate into real benefits that have an impact on people's lives.

Website:  http://www.kt-equal.org.uk/


The Network for Evidence Based Practice in Orthopaedics and Trauma (NEBPOT)

The Network for Evidence Based Practice in Orthopaedics Group is a sub-group of the RCN Society of Orthopaedic Nursing. The main aim of this group is to act as an information link between nurses and PAMs to facilitate the development and sharing of expertise and evidence in the fields of orthopaedics and trauma.

Visit the NEBPOT website

Palliative Care

The Palliative Care Research Society (PCRS)

The PCRS is dedicated to promoting research into all aspects of palliative care and to facilitating its dissemination. Membership of the society is open to any individual or organisation who is interested in furthering the society's aims. Members are drawn from many different professions including medicine, nursing and social work.

Website: www.pcrs.org.uk/

Patient and Public involvement

INVOLVE - Promoting public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research

INVOLVE was established to promote public involvement in research, in order to improve the way that research is prioritised, commissioned, undertaken, communicated and used. We believe that research which reflects the needs and views of the public, is more likely to produce results that can be used to improve practice in health and social care.

Website: http://www.invo.org.uk/

People in Research

Part of Involve, this database allows members of the public to search for opportunities to find out about research activities, and for researchers to register and publicise research opportunities

Website: www.peopleinresearch.org

Practice development

England Centre for Practice Development

We are committed to the innovation of services and practices at the point of care to ensure that they are person-centred, safer and more effective. Our work focuses on developing individuals, teams and organisations to lead the transformation of workplace culture and practices.

Website:  http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/health/EnglandCentreforPracticeDevelopment/Home.aspx

Foundation of Nursing Studies (FoNS)

FoNS has developed an excellent reputation at the forefront of nursing. As a registered charity, FoNS operates UK wide and across all healthcare settings. We are dedicated to working with nurses and healthcare teams to develop and share innovative ways of improving practice; thereby enabling them to provide care that is high quality; evidence based and meets the needs of patients.

Website: http://www.fons.org/

Primary care and public health

Association of Nurses in Substance Abuse

The Association of Nurses in Substance Abuse was formed in 1983 as an interest group for nurses working in drug and alcohol services. Since then these services have undergone many changes and have rapidly expanded. These changes have raised many issues and topics for discussion by ANSA members. The development of drug and alcohol services has heralded a multidisciplinary approach to drug and alcohol problems. ANSA has reflected this change by welcoming workers from other disciplines as associate members of the organisation. ANSA acts as an advisory service to health and social care bodies and institutions, imparting specialist information on drug and alcohol related issues to the government and a number of advisory committees.

Website: http://www.ansauk.org/

Prison Health

Offender Health Research Network

The aims and objectives of the OHRN are

  • to develop a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency network focused on offender health care innovation, evaluation and knowledge dissemination
  • staff capability building through training opportunities and active involvement in health care research
  • to work toward developing the frequency and quality of user/carer involvement in offender health care provision and research 
  • to develop a "pathway to research", outlining the processes required to successfully undertake research in the Criminal Justice System, including information on funding, research ethics and governance, and practical information about conducting research in such unique environment

Website: http://www.ohrn.nhs.uk/ 


EQUATOR Network - the resource centre for good reporting of health research studies

Too often, good research evidence is undermined by poor quality reporting. The EQUATOR Network is an international initiative that seeks to improve reliability and value of medical research literature by promoting transparent and accurate reporting of research studies.

Website: EQUATOR network 

Transcultural nursing

Transcultural Nursing Society (TCNS)

The mission of the TCNS is to enhance the quality of culturally congruent, competent, and equitable care that results in improved health and well being for people worldwide. The TCNS seeks to provide nurses and other healthcare professionals with the knowledge base necessary to ensure cultural competence in practice, education, research and administration.

Website: http://www.tcns.org/