Research Group

Health professions education (HPE) and workforce development

Regional, national and global provision of health and social care struggle to keep pace with the increasingly complex needs of the populations they serve.

Preparing the current and future workforce to rise to these challenges requires a robust evidence base and critical analyses of educational and workforce policy. Working collaboratively with service users, the public, commissioners and colleagues in partner organisations – locally and globally – our research is informed by, and impacts upon, both policy and practice.

Our researchers are drawn from a wide range of practical, professional and academic disciplines and are engaged in diverse health professions educational research and workforce development activities.

External advisory panel partner to PROFRES

We work in partnership to support and advise the Norwegian Research School for Professions-Oriented and Practice-Relevant Research (PROFRES).  This research school contributes research into professional practice in health, education and welfare, specifically the challenges embedded in contemporary practices within and across these disciplines.

Membership of International Dementia and Culture Collaborative

University researchers are members of IDCC which aims to explore and develop culturally sensitive care and support for people living with dementia to support their human rights and citizenship, and to understand how health and social care professionals’ culturally driven perceptions of the biological, psychological and social aspects of dementia impact on their provision of culturally sensitive care.

Recent projects

Nursing students' cultural beliefs and understanding of dementia

This study explored the cultural beliefs of dementia of student nurses studying in England, Slovenia, Philippines and New Zealand, using an explorative hermeneutic phenomenology design.

Publications

Brooke J, Cronin C, Stiell M, Ojo O, Belcina M.T, Smajlović, S. K, Slark J, (2019) Nursing students’ cultural beliefs and understanding of dementia: A phenomenological study across three continents. Nurse Education Today. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2019.02.007

Improving mouth care in an acute hospital trust

A service improvement project was conducted on two orthopaedic acute wards to assess and improve mouth care provision. The project consisted of a baseline survey, training workshop, workshop evaluation, and snapshot audit.

Publications

Cronin C, Davis I, Laybourne T (2019) Mouth care in an Acute Hospital Trust - A service Improvement Project. Nursing Times. (Soon to be published)

Cronin C, Purcell P (2018) Working with patients and the public to develop dementia friendly oral health tools. Annual Clinical Journal of Dental Health.

Measuring ageism in health care workers

Within the context of nursing there is a lack of synthesised evidence which measures ageism amongst nursing students.

This paper examines the Relating to Older People Evaluation (ROPE) questionnaire which has been used in different student populations in Higher Education (HE) including nursing students, via a systematic search across databases and a thematic analysis of the resulting qualitative studies found.

Publications

Cronin C, Brooke J (2019) Measuring ageism in health care workers using the Relation to Older People Evaluation (ROPE): A narrative review. Nursing Older People. (Accepted for publication)

Using poetry to develop writing confidence and reflective skills

This study used a qualitative approach to explore how classroom-based poetry writing activities might support students in developing their skills as student-writers and reflective practitioners.

This study used a qualitative approach to explore how classroom-based poetry writing activities might support students in developing their skills as student-writers and reflective practitioners.

Publications

Cronin C, Hawthorn C, (2019) “Poetry in motion” a place in the classroom: Using poetry to develop writing confidence and reflective skills. Nurse Education Today, 76: 73-77. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2019.01.026

Family experiences as a caregiver for patients with Parkinson’s disease

This paper provides an Asian perspective of the disease while providing an international perspective on the progression of the disease and the experience of the carer caring for a family member with Parkinson’s disease.

The study takes a descriptive phenomenological approach to exploring the experiences of five carers who were family members providing care to a family member who had Parkinson’s disease.

Publications

Cronin C (2019) Family experiences as a caregiver for patients with Parkinson’s disease: A qualitative study. Journal of Research in Nursing. (Soon to be published)

Impact of Schwartz Rounds in health professional education

Schwartz Rounds* (Rounds) are an innovative approach, developed by the Point of Care Foundation, that have been shown to reduce stress, and build engagement and cohesion in multi-disciplinary teams. A pilot study on their impact within higher education was run in the School of Health and Social Care.

Publications

Kennedy, M, Barratt, C, Richardson, K (2018) Schwartz Rounds in Health Professional Education. (Unpublished)

Literature review on the intersection of healthcare professionals' and care workers' culture and their provision of person-centred care for people with dementia

This considered qualitative studies exploring the impact of healthcare professionals' and care workers' culture in relation to their provision of person-centred dementia care.

Publications

Brooke J.M, Stiell M, Cronin C, and Ojo O (2018). The intersection of culture in the provision of dementia care: A systematic review. Journal of Clinical Nursing. J Clin Nurs. 2018 Sep; 27(17-18):3241-3253. doi: 10.1111/jocn.13999. Epub 2017 Sep 29.

Review of theory to the design, delivery, and evaluation of interprofessional curricula

Interprofessional curricula have often lacked explicit reference to theory despite calls for a more theoretically informed field that illuminates curricular assumptions and justifies curricular practices.

This systematic review aimed to review the contributions of theory to the design, delivery, and evaluation of interprofessional curricula.

Publications

Hean S, Green C, Anderson E, O'Halloran C, Pitt R, John C, Morris D (2018) The Contribution of Theory to the Design, Delivery and Evaluation of Interprofessional Curricula BEME Guide no 49. Medical Teacher, 40, 6: 542-558. doi: 10.1080/0142159X.2018.1432851

The intersection of culture in the provision of dementia care

A literature explored the impact of healthcare professionals’ and care workers’ culture in relation to their provision of person‐centred dementia care.

Publications

Brooke J, Cronin C, Stiell M, Ojo O. (2017) The intersection of culture in the provision of dementia care: A systematic review. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 00:1–13. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.13999

Exploring assistant practitioners’ views of their role and training

This service evaluation aimed to examine the views of assistant practitioners and trainee assistant practitioners regarding experiences of practice in relation to the autonomy of the role and level of supervision, the training involved and support experienced in undertaking the foundation degree, and the effects of the assistant practitioner role in the workplace.

Publications

Bungay H, Jackson J, Lord S (2016) Exploring assistant practitioners’ views of their role and training. Nursing Standard 30, 30: 46-52.

Usefulness of peer coaching to facilitate clinical reasoning

Peer coaching involves a non-evaluative relationship, in which students work collaboratively by observing each other and providing consultative assistance. Students were surveyed about the usefulness of peer coaching sessions were to develop clinical reasoning skills.

Publications

Mallows A and Francis-Wright M (2016) Perceptions of the usefulness of peer coaching to facilitate clinical reasoning – a survey of physiotherapy students. AMEE MedEd Publish. http://dx.doi.org/10.15694/mep.2016.000034

Current doctoral research

A critical realist evaluation of a community based integrated care service

This research draws on realist and critical theories to evaluate the implementation and operationalisation of a community-based integrated care service.

Data from executives, care managers, clinicians and service users is being collected, compared and synthesised.

Hannah Kendrick

The experiences of educators supporting the pastoral needs of undergraduate radiography students

This phenomenological research explores and interprets the lived experiences of educators engaged in providing pastoral supervision and support for radiography students.

Illuminating these experiences can transform our understandings of educator identities and activities and inform contemporary student support policies in health and higher education.

Hollie Hadwen

Developing a cyborg ontology of technology in intensive care

This study examines how intensive care nurses conceptualise themselves in relation to the technologies that they engage with in their work.

Donna Pierre

Is the Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) curriculum fit for purpose?

This longitudinal study evaluates the experiences of trainee psychological wellbeing practitioners as they progress through their curriculum and transition in to practice.

Rachel Parsons

Predictors of applied numeracy performance in undergraduate nursing students

This quantitative study compares demographic, educational and diagnostic variables with applied numeracy outcomes for student nurses.

The research seeks to identify attributes associated with numeracy performance in order to inform and tailor recruitment and support policies.

Clare Carpenter-Timmis