Nursing Research

Research in the Division of Nursing is focused within our four strategic pillars of research and practice development: Gerontological Nursing & Dementia Care, Managing Long-Term Conditions, Palliative and End of Life Care and Social and Public Health across the Lifespan.

Information on this page indicates current completed nursing research.

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Lydia Osteoporosis

Overall, this project aims to raise frontline healthcare staff’s awareness of the prevalence of osteoporosis and the moving and handling needs of older people in acute care. The first project (LOP 1) comprised four phases; exploratory qualitative research with healthcare professionals and people (aged 60+) with confirmed osteoporosis, an education feasibility and evaluation study (experiential workshop intervention) with NHS staff, development of a complex education intervention focusing on osteoporosis, fracture risk, values-based safe and effective moving and handling, and dissemination. The second project (LOP 2) is an action research and evaluation study that adapts an online complex education intervention (an output from Phase 3 of the LOP 1) to the local context in collaboration with clinical staff, and the co-production of suitable implementation strategies.

Read The Final Project Report for the Lydia Osteoporosis Project (LOP 1) on the QMU eResearch repository.

BHiRCH (Better Health in Residents in Care Homes)

A NIHR funded programme grant to develop and test a complex intervention to reduce rates of avoidable hospital admissions from nursing care homes. Read more about BHiRCH.

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Development and initial testing of a framework of integrated working with the aim of facilitating person-centred care for patients and families at the end of their life who are being cared for in their home

More information on this project on QNIS Resource Hub.


Technology Enriched Supported Accommodation – Dementia Research Initiative. A study into the lived experience of older people with dementia and their carers

Listen and Learn project

Working with Age UK, Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the Listen & Learn project. Working with volunteers supporting hospital staff and health care assistants to work with older patients, their families, carers and community organisations to break down the cultural, practical and emotional barriers to listening and learning. Using this as a positive part of person-centred care.


Investigating what workforce development interventions are more likely to work to ensure a knowledgeable and skilled support workforce for older people in health and social care settings. Read more about the OPWISE Project.

Whole systems care for post-stroke management in older adults 

 Exploring the options for integration of health and social care systems in China. This MRC development grant seeks to build evidence towards development of a stroke care system for older adults in Guangdong Province, China.

 PETL (Projects for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning)

 Enhancing student transitions.

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 Smoking cessation advice for people with serious mental illness

Khanna P, Clifton A, Banks D, Tosh G. (2016) ‘Smoking cessation advice for people with serious mental illness’. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD009704. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009704.pub2.

QMU's Nursing staff lead research conducted under the auspices of the University’s Centre for Person-centred Practice Research.