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Research and Innovation

Research and innovation

Information and resources on using and developing research to enhance practice

High quality nursing research and support to innovate and use evidence in practice, enables nurses and those who work with them to develop new knowledge and nursing practice, and to ultimately transform patient care.

We are determined to maximize the opportunity for research and innovation to positively impact on the care experienced by patients and their families, and ensure our members gain fully from the support we offer to their decision making as professionals. We are significantly increasing our members' access to the right standards, knowledge and information to support high quality care and drive improvements in practice.

Use knowledge in practice and policy

We promote the use of knowledge to inform policy and to inform decisions and nursing actions. We provide tools and help people develop the skills and confidence to ask questions, make evidence-informed decisions, innovate and adapt in response to changing needs.

Innovation in nursing

Showcasing health innovations.

Building capability in economic assessment

Case studies demonstrating the value of nursing.

Knowledge and Innovation Action Plan

Find out how the RCN will use, build, assure & share knowledge from 2014-18.

Build a dynamic knowledge base of sufficient coverage and depth

We contribute to and maintain a knowledge base for nursing, ensuring that our input to national and international multi-professional health research agendas is explicit. This contribution includes identifying and helping to fill gaps in standards, guidance and knowledge resources of relevance to nursing, and continuing to build the authoritative collection on nursing in the UK.

The nursing professoriate in the UK

Information on professor post-holders at higher education institutions in the UK.

Get funding

Find sources of funding so you can start your research project.

Clinical research nurses

Information and resources for clinical research nurses.

Research training and careers

Information to help you develop your research career.

Postgraduate research training

Information on postgraduate research training opportunities.

Strategic Research Alliance

Find out more about the RCN five-year research alliance with the University of Sheffield.

Assure a knowledge base of breadth and rigour

Our outputs are evidence-informed, impartial and clear about the source, quality and strength of evidence presented. Our cataloguing of the RCN collection assures its intellectual integrity.

Share the knowledge we have and enhance ways to access and contribute to it

We connect members to the knowledge they need so they can use it to improve quality of care. Format and content is relevant for people with different levels of expertise, roles, settings and influence. The content and expertise of the RCN library and archive and the staff supporting its use, inspire the nursing community and the public to gain an insight into the past, present and future of nursing.

Research Society

Find out more about the RCN Research Society and how to join.

Attend an event

Advance your career by attending a research event.

Get published

Find tips on getting your research paper accepted for publication.

Research and innovation bulletin

Keep up to date with all the latest developments in nursing research by signing up to the RCN’s fortnightly research and innovation bulletin.

Research and innovation bulletin