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National Nursing Research Unit


The National Nursing Research Unit (NNRU) was active between 1977-2015. These pages are an archive of its work.

The National Nursing Research Unit (NNRU) at King’s College London produced research and reviews. This activity informed policy and practice relating to the nursing workforce.

The NNRU's health service research was aimed at policymakers and healthcare leaders. The research has contributed to the improvement of nursing in its social, political, local, national, and global contexts.

Major themes of research

  • Care Quality and Outcomes
  • Organisations, physical environment, and ways of working
  • Nursing and healthcare workforce.

Outputs from the NNRU included reviews on a variety of topics. Briefings on current policy issues, known as Policy+, were published between 2007-2015. The NNRU created networking and hosting opportunities for visiting external academics to increase its collaborative research. There were also internships for specific projects and support for PhD candidates to help grow and develop research in this area.

People involved in NNRU:

  • Jill Maben
  • Anne Marie Rafferty
  • Glenn Robert
  • Mary Adams
  • Trevor Murrells
  • Jane Ball
  • Sarah Cowley
  • Simon Walne
  • Peter Griffiths


The aim was to produce robust health services research for policymakers and healthcare leaders. It improved the quality and effectiveness of nursing in its social, political, local, national and global contexts. 


Reviews were prepared for 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
  • NHS Institute for Innovation.

Our Partners

King's Health Partners

King's Health Partners

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King's College London and Affiliates

NIHR Policy Research Programme (PRP)

NIHR Policy Research Programme (PRP)


National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

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Guy's and St Thomas' Charity

Project status: Completed


Funding Body: NIHR Policy Research Programme (PRP)

Amount: £

Period: August 1977 - August 2015