Nurses are the largest health care staff group; supporting people with long term conditions is one of the largest and growing areas of care. Nurses working alongside clients to empower them to manage their needs is a key aspect of care quality which is fundamentally influenced by the organisational culture of care delivery. 

The focus of this research programme is to contribute to the knowledge base to enhance organisational cultures that support person-centred care for people with long-term health needs. Specific foci include the impact of nurse leadership in practice development, including staff preparation within undergraduate programmes as well as post registration career pathways; developing, analysing and evaluating nursing roles to best enhance care quality and better support people with long-term health needs.  The aim is to influence policy and practice in practice development, specifically focusing on nurses but in the context of interdisciplinary care.    

Our current programmes of work include improving nurse retention, exploring nurse student transition to registered practice, medication management, student preparation for nurse leadership and advanced practice leadership.  The programme themes will develop through consultation with programme research centre members and consultation with practice partners.  Currently thematic areas include  

  • Nurse retention,
  • Leadership preparation and experience,
  • Student transition to professional practice,
  • Service user-staff interface,
  • Person-centred care approaches,
  • E-health and service transformation.

Current and past projects:


  • What can be learnt about the effectiveness of advanced clinical practitioners who are providing clinical care to older people during the Covid-19 pandemic, funded by Health Education England. This project is in collaboration with Dorset Health Care University NHS Foundation Trust. PI Michele Board; Co-Is Janet Scammell, Dawn Morley and Kelsie Fletcher.
  • Nurses role in medication management. Erasmus project based in the University of Antwerp, involving 14 European countries.  Bournemouth university is leading the England site in association with Swansea university.  Bournemouth lead: Sarah Keeley with Jo Hirdle.
  • Evaluation of implementation of new NMC standards (unfunded).  Partner: Dorset County Hospital: Lucy Stainer, Dawn Morley, Belinda Humphries, Clare Uren.


  • 2019 Transition, Resilience, Authentic leadership, Commitment, Support: Making TRACS for retention - Testing a universal, evidence-based model for improving nurse retention.  Funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing.  Practice partner RBCH.  PI: Janet Scammell; Co-I Steve Tee.
  • 2015: Service Evaluation of a newly established Dorset Adult Integrated Respiratory Service. Funded by Wessex AHSN.  PI: Janet Scammell