Increasing nurse and midwife engagement in research activity
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Increasing nurse and midwife engagement in research activity

Kay Mitchell Acting managing director, Centre for Nurse and Midwife-led Research, University College London Hospitals (UCLH) Biomedical Research Centre, National Institute for Health Research Southampton Respiratory Biomedical Research Unit, Southampton, England
Lesley Baillie Florence Nightingale Foundation chair of clinical nursing practice, School of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University and UCLH NHS Foundation Trust, London, England
Natasha Phillips Assistant chief nurse, UCLH NHS Foundation Trust, London, England

Nurses and midwives should be able to perform, interpret and implement the results of clinical research to improve the quality of patient care. Increasing the research capacity and capability of healthcare professionals requires strong leadership and a strategic approach. This article describes how one NHS trust supports engagement of nurses and midwives in research through the development of a research strategy and a centre for nurse and midwife-led research.

Nursing Standard. 29, 23,37-42. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.23.37.e9345

Received: 17 July 2014

Accepted: 07 November 2014

Published in print: 04 February 2015

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review