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School of Nursing and Midwifery


The School of Nursing and Midwifery was established in 1995 and has a reputation for providing high-quality education in support of service and practice development. We offer a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in a varied and flexible portfolio. The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise ranked us among the top ten in the UK for research that is world leading.


We are committed to expanding educational opportunities through e-learning and flexible learning as well as traditional face-to-face methods. We pioneered the development of entirely online masters-level education with the Master of Midwifery/MedSci Maternity Care programme launched in 2004 and later joined by its sister programme the MMedSci Advanced Nursing Studies.


We are also a major provider of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for practitioners, constantly adding to our portfolio of courses. We deliver education and training to approximately 1500 students annually, ranging from local health practitioners who attend individual study days to international students registered on full-time doctoral programmes. As well as offering a wide range of timetabled modules and study days (over 90 different units), we also deliver bespoke and work- based programmes on NHS Trust premises and a growing portfolio of postgraduate courses.


We have a long-standing interest in midwifery practice around the world and have fostered many international links and contacts. The Master of Midwifery/MedSci Maternity Care programme provides opportunities for midwives and other practitioners working with women during childbirth to compare their own experiences with those in different cultural settings and reflect on the implications for perceived best practice. Students from a range of countries have studied on the programme.


Our research


We have key research strengths in: supportive care in later life; children, young people and families; and workforce and practice development. We also have an active Visiting International Student Scheme aimed at international PhD students wishing to gain research experience.


We deliver education and training to around


1500 students annually


Supportive care in later life This research theme explores ways in which partnerships can be formed between older people, people with palliative care needs, families and professional carers to generate knowledge that contributes to theoretical understanding and enhanced service delivery. We explore ways to enhance the quality of life of older people and their family carers, and the job satisfaction of caring staff.


Children, young people and families Obesity and sexual health are major issues for society. This group performs life-enhancing research in understanding identity and arising risks which impact on these society problems. Key issues in the health and wellbeing of children, young people and families are investigated to inform providers of health and social care. The research aims to understand the perspectives of children and young people, and those of adults and other family members, to further the understanding of health-related issues.


Workforce and practice development Within this theme, we investigate the effect on staff of delivering healthcare, and how new methods of delivery are put into operation. This research informs the UK Department of Health on how their policy initiatives have been implemented and informs professional nursing bodies about issues relevant to their work. The work ensures a nursing and midwifery voice within the growing body of knowledge on healthcare workforce issues.


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