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Research alliance with University of Sheffield

The RCN has begun a five-year research alliance with the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sheffield

Over the next five years, the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Sheffield will conduct a new programme of research activity, supporting the development of nursing research evidence and nurse research capacity.

Ultimately the work will seek to influence public policy and promote better outcomes for the population and the NHS workforce.

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The core objectives of the research alliance are as follows:

  • to produce excellent international quality research and evidence reviews that will inform national and international nursing and health practice and policy, thus benefiting patients, families, health professionals and health outcomes
  • to disseminate and share research findings to inform developments in education, practice and policy designed to improve nursing and health care
  • to enhance public and user awareness of nursing issues
  • to work alongside users, carers and stakeholders to ensure that the activities are significant, meaningful and timely.


The priorities in the first year (2018) will be based around three research themes


Research in this theme will relate to education at pre- and post-registration level. Questions will relate to: 

  • recruitment and retention
  • models of education delivery
  • fitness for purpose (supply chain of nurses and clinical demands).


Topics within this theme identified as a priority include:

  • roles
  • models of working.


Research and advice will relate to project developments and the evaluation of innovations implemented by the RCN, including:

  • credentialing
  • leadership.