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National Nursing Research Unit

About the National Nursing Research Unit

NNRUNational Nursing Research Unit at King’s College London transitions to Healthcare organisation, workforce and quality (HOWQ) research group

The National Nursing Research Unit (NNRU) at King’s College London became the Healthcare organisation, workforce and quality (HOWQ) and Patient experience and service co-design research groups within the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery on 3 June 2015 to represent our current research funding. This move marks a new phase in the development of research within the Faculty and highlights the capacity we have built in health services research. Policy Plus will continue to be produced and supported within the Faculty alongside Practice Plus. Our networks and collaborations with colleagues across the Faculty, the College and King’s Health Partners will continue. We look forward to furthering our current collaborations - and building new ones - with colleagues both across the UK and internationally. We would like to thank everyone for their support over the years (NNRU 1977-2015) and look forward to continuing to contribute high quality, practice and policy based research findings to contemporary debates relevant to the nursing workforce.

Further details on NNRU News.

NNRU-logo224x135The National Nursing Research Unit (NNRU) at King’s College London undertakes high quality empirical research and reviews to inform policy and practice relevant to the nursing workforce. We aim to produce world class health services research that is of relevance to policymakers and healthcare leaders and which contributes to improving the quality and effectiveness of nursing in its social, political, local, national and global contexts.

Our activities have three core strands:


Our programme of primary research seeks to address major questions for nursing as part of contemporary health systems. The research themes:

  • Care quality and outcomes
  • Organisations, physical environment and ways of working
  • Nursing and healthcare workforce

Synthesis and dissemination:

Our synthesis and dissemination activities include the preparation of reviews on a range of topics and for diverse customers including: Department of Health, NIHR, Royal College of Nursing, Nursing and Midwifery Council, European Union, Health Foundation and NHS Institute for Innovation. We also prepare a regular series of briefings on topical policy issues (Policy +) which are widely disseminated.

Networking and hosting:

The Unit hosts visiting academics with relevant research interests from the UK and worldwide, including those wishing to access the archived data from cohort studies of nurses careers which will be maintained locally.

Capacity building:

We can host internships linked to specific projects and support a number of PhD candidates. Prospective PhD students or interns interested in working with us should make informal contact with the Unit’s director to discuss your interests. We have a series of partnerships with local NHS trusts to develop collaborative research projects and create funded doctoral and postdoctoral opportunities.

The National Nursing Research Unit is based in the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery at King’s College London.



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