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Nursing for long-term health

Nursing for long-term health

The Centre for Nursing for Long Term Health aims to promote health and well-being of people living with long term health challenges by enhancing care practices and professional development of care workers through education, research and scholarship.

Supporting people with long term conditions is one of the largest and growing areas of care.  Nurses comprise the biggest health care staff group and working with individuals, families and carers, are fundamental to ensuring high quality care. The Nursing for Long Term Health Research Centre focuses upon creating knowledge, informing cutting-edge nursing practice and empowering people to manage their own complex conditions.  

The Centre has key research programmes across the life course, focused on promoting health and wellbeing in those living with long-term health needs through enabling practices across health and social care services. Due to the fast-changing world of health care, the Centre’s activities are underpinned by a focus on transformative technology, exploring new ways of working and delivering care in 21st Century practice. Our research draws across a range of methodologies, and has reach and impact internationally, nationally and regionally. 

Our research areas

Fundamental clinical care practices

Fundamental clinical care practices

This area of research focuses on fundamental dimensions of nursing care, including assessment activity, interventions and outcomes of practice implementation, particularly in support of those living with long term health conditions

Nursing leadership and practice development

Nursing leadership and practice development

Nurses are the largest health care staff group; supporting people with long term conditions is one of the largest and growing areas of care. The focus of this research programme is to enhance organisational cultures that support person-centred care for people with long-term health needs

Palliative and end of life care

Palliative and end of life care

Our research in this area aims to develop, design and deliver research which evaluates and improves palliative and end of life care delivered by practitioners

Vulnerable and marginalised groups

Vulnerable and marginalised groups

Under this programme of research, we are exploring the experiences of those living with long term conditions, including their experiences of health and well-being and access to services

Doctoral students

A large number of doctoral students are benefitting through their engagement with the Nursing for Long-term Health Research Centre and are also contributing to the work of the Centre.  Doctoral students are working on projects as diverse as end-of-life care, the impact of forced migration, quality of life in patients with Down Syndrome, dementia care and much more.  For more information about doctoral study in the Nursing for Long-term Health Research Centre contact Dr Leslie Gelling ([email protected]).  

Nurturing Emotional Wellbeing: Sigma Phi Mu Chapter event

Nurturing Emotional Wellbeing: Southern Regional Hub Scholarly Event: hosted by Bournemouth University

The speakers talks were recorded, and can be accessed from this link

Organised by Dr Janet Scammell and Dr Les Gelling from the Department of Nursing Sciences, this online event attracted an audience from across the UK. 

Currently Janet is Director of N4LTH – the Nursing Long-Term Heath Challenges Research Centre at Bournemouth University.  Her research interests focus on nursing workforce, specifically two areas: values underpinning practice (particularly impact on care for older people) and leadership & workforce development.  Current research projects include Principal Investigator for the Burdett Trust for Nursing project testing a new conceptual model known as TRACS aimed at improving nurse retention.

Janet has been a member of Sigma Nursing for 10 years and was President of the England Chapter until July 2019.  She is now a Vice-president and regional lead. Janet leads the European region Nurse Education Research Special Interest Group.  You can follow Janet on twitter @jscammell1 and the Nurses for Long Term Health Research Centre

Dr Liz Westcott : Welcome and presentation: Introduction to Sigma Nursing England 

Liz is a senior academic, manager and leader with more than 30 years of experience working within Higher Education and Practice and over 14 years of working at an Executive Level in Higher Education. Liz started her nursing career in 1978 and undertook her training in Oxford.  Liz currently is part of the leadership team of the NMC Test of competence Centre at Oxford Brookes University. She is also a coach and a coaching supervisor and has been coaching for 10 years.  Liz is a member of the international nursing organisation Sigma Theta Tau and currently is the President of the All England Phi Mu Chapter.  

Speaker details: 

Mrs Meherzin Das CPsychol, AFBPsS   

Title of talk: Psychological PPE: how do we make it happen? 

Dorset Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Trustwide Professional Lead for Psychology and Psychological Therapies; Clinical Lead, Dorset Pain Management Service; Consultant Clinical Psychologist 

Dr Michelle Croston 

Title of talk: ‘Lotus in the Mud’: The role of self-compassion in emotional well-being 

Dr Michelle Croston is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care, Manchester Metropolitan University. She has a clinical background in HIV care working at national and international level to improve outcomes for people living with HIV. She holds a fellowship with European Society of Person Centered Healthcare (ESPCH). Michelle has extensive post graduate qualifications in mental health and psychological trauma, alongside her role as a senior lecturer she is a qualified Mental Health First Aid Instructor and Crisis Counsellor for a Mental Health charity that specialises in working with healthcare workers. Michelle is passionate about develop teaching and learning strategies to prevent compassion fatigue and secondary trauma. 

Contact details: [email protected]  

Professor Debbie Holley 

Title of talk: From Emojis to emotional wellbeing: the contested role of the digital in scaling patient health and wellbeing support. 

Debbie Holley is Professor of Learning Innovation in the Department of Nursing Sciences at Bournemouth University; and she is part of the Nurses for Long term Health Research Centre leadership team. Her research interests in digital, augmented and immersive worlds influence national policy through her published work, keynote addresses and policy articles. She is currently   working as part of a community of experts creating the digital health and wellbeing recommendations that will inform the new EU Digicomp framework. She previously contributed to the international iLRN’s State of XR and Immersive Learning Expert Panel, which reported in 2020. Her digital work feeds into the new Nursing curricula we are introducing at BU; into our research work through contributing to REF 2021; and in building partnerships linking health, industry and digital solutions.  

You can follow Debbie on twitter @debbieholley1 and the Nurses for Long Term Health Research Centre @N4LTH and see her presentation here.