Nursing Research / Midwifery Research / Health Studies Research


MPhil/PhD, option of joint PhD with HKU


Part Time, Full Time, Blended learning

Graduate students on the Nursing Research / Midwifery Research / Health Studies Research MPhil/PhD

The Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery is regarded as a centre of excellence for nursing and midwifery, achieving high scores in research and teaching quality assessments. The first MPhil/PhD students enroled in the late 1970s and since then the School has expanded steadily its range of high quality graduate education programmes to meet the needs of increasingly well-educated healthcare professionals who wish to continue their education to support and develop their careers.

Our research activity is funded by National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Research Councils and a range of charities. We host a range of nationally competitive fellowships from PhD studentship to post-doctoral level.

The purpose of our research is to improve the quality of care, services and outcomes for patients and their carers. There are 3 overarching programmes of work:

  1. Patient and carer experience: a programme of work that explores the patient and carer experience with the aim of improving their care. Research activities focus on timely information provision and understanding patient and carer support needs in hospital and community settings, which includes older person care, cancer, mental health, diabetes mellitus, neurological and inherited genetic conditions.
  2. Healthcare workforce, organisation and service delivery: the National Nursing Research Unit (NNRU) and colleagues carry out work that examines how the organisation of the nursing and healthcare work force impacts upon service delivery and organisation within the NHS but also in global healthcare systems.
  3. Health and well-being: maternal and family health and wellbeing is the main focus of activity within this programme. This ranges from ensuring the safety of women and their babies during and following childbirth to supporting families' wellbeing through health visiting, health promotion and disease prevention.

The work we do is underpinned by cross cutting principles: engagement with patient and user perspectives, commitment to conceptual and methodological innovation, attention to the policy relevance and practical application of our findings through interventions.

Our researchers come from a wide range of professional backgrounds including Nursing, Midwifery, Allied Health Professions, psychology, anthropology and social science.

  • Research income: An average of £1.8m per year.
  • Current number of academic staff: 38 academic and research staff support research students.
  • Current number of research students: 80 research students.
  • Current Projects
    • Testing accelerated experience based co-design: using a national archive of patient experience narrative interviews to promote rapid patient-centred service improvement. NIHR HS&DR.
    • A study to the barriers to early presentation and diagnosis of breast cancer in black African, black Caribbean and white women. CRUK – NAEDI.
    • Evaluating a major innovation in hospital design: workforce implications and impact on patient and staff experiences of all single room hospital accommodation. NIHR HS&DR.
    • What is the effectiveness, appropriateness, meaningfulness and feasibility of demand side financing (DSF) measures that aim to increase maternal health service utilisation and outcomes with particular reference to rural, poor and socially excluded women. AUSAid/DFID.
    • A National Clinical Quality Improvement Project to Improve the Assessment and Management of Perineal Trauma. The Health Foundation.
  • Selected Recent Publications
    • Nicholson C., Meyer J., Flatley M.& Holman C. (2012). The experience of living at home with frailty in old age: A psychosocial qualitative study. International Journal of Nursing Studies, doi:10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2012.01.006.
    • Tsianakas V., Robert G., Maben J., Richardson A., Dale C.& Wiseman T. (2012). Implementing patient centred cancer care: using experience-based co-design to improve patient experience in breast and lung cancer services. Journal of Supportive Care in Cancer, doi:10.1007/s00520-012-1470-3.
    • Morrow E., Robert G., Maben J.& Griffiths P. (2012). Implementing large-scale quality improvement lessons from The Productive Ward: Releasing time to careTM. International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance 25:237-53.
    • Bick D.E., Murrells T., Weavers A., Rose V., Wray J.& Beake S. (2012). Revising acute care systems and processes to improve breastfeeding and maternal postnatal health: a pre and post intervention study in one English maternity unit. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 12:41.
    • Dheensa S., Metcalfe A.& Williams R.A. (2012). Men's experiences of antenatal screening: A metasynthesis of the qualitative research. Int J Nurs Stud, doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2012.05.004
    • Shepherd C.W.& While A.E. (2012). Cardiac rehabilitation and quality of life: A systematic review. Int J Nurs Stud 49:755–71.
    • Ridge K., Treasure J., Forbes A., Thomas S.& Ismail K. (2012). Themes elicited during motivational interviewing to improve glycaemic control in adults with Type 1 diabetes mellitus. Diabet Med 29:148-52.
    • Pedersen V.H., Armes J.& Ream E. (2011). Perceptions of prostate cancer in Black African and Black Caribbean men: a systematic review of the literature. Psycho-Oncology 21:457-68.
  • Partner organisations: The School of Nursing & Midwifery is highly regarded by leading London NHS Trusts with whom we have a strong record of success in collaborative working- The School also has strong relationships with a large numebr of renowned educational and healthcare organisations around the world-
Head of group/division
Dr Anne Jones, Programme Leader
Awarding institution
King's College London/King's and HKU for joint programme
Three years FT, six years PT.
Waterloo Campus.
Student destinations
PhD graduates have been successful in obtaining academic, research and clinical posts in universities and healthcare organisations around the world including the UK, Syria, Jordan, Taiwan and Ghana.
Year of entry 2016
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