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Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre

Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre (NMRC)

Promoting and vibrant culture of research.

Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre (NMRC)

Promoting and vibrant culture of research.

Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre (NMRC)

Promoting and vibrant culture of research.

Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre (NMRC)

Promoting and vibrant culture of research.

Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre (NMRC)

Promoting and vibrant culture of research.


Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre

Mission statement

We are a nursing and midwifery research community that supports and enables ambitious transformational practice in health care through research excellence.

Our Vision is to:

  • develop an exciting and supportive research community that transforms nursing and midwifery care
  • place research excellence and innovation at the heart of our activities
  • focus on research that is collaborative and understands the needs of our stakeholders
  • be a recognised leader in research that informs nursing and midwifery practice impacting on compassionate evidence based care.

Our aspirations are to:

  • Ensure quality performance in the next Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF 2020)
  • Develop our partnership and networking with key stakeholders to raise research output and funding
  • Provide an environment for developing research active staff and research culture
  • Maintain and expand the cadre of postgraduate research students
  • Develop, motivate and support current teaching staff in their research activities
  • Ensure newly appointed teaching staff are encouraged to fully participate in research activities, in particular through the research mentor scheme.

We will achieve our aims and aspirations by:

  • Working with research active academic staff in the School to create opportunities for engagement in research at all levels, i.e. individual research projects, existing research teams, research mentorship
  • Engagement with existing and new partners within the NMRC, and research centres across the Faculty of HLS and wider University to showcase and disseminate our research
  • Engagement with Faculty of HLS arrangements for Doctoral Training Programmes (DTPs), which bring together research themes relevant to and appropriate for Nursing and Midwifery Research
  • Supporting academic staff to undertake research studies through appropriate allocation of resources
  • Ensuring all academic staff interviews explore aspirations for research, which are clearly linked to academic appraisal processes, in order to ensure new staff are assisted to meet their aspirations and potential to be research active
  • Focusing on a thematic approach within the NMRC, which recognises areas of expertise, while at the same time recognising new areas of research and innovation
  • Ensuring NMRC researchers are fully engaged with School wide activities and curriculum development at all levels and wherever appropriate in relation to developing research capacity and capability.

Our research themes and leads

Based on our expertise our five research themes consist of:

Our research is encapsulated by four overarching, but inter-related themes which address important issues in health care: care and compassion, user and carer involvement, practice and service development, cultural diversity and inclusion.


Collaborative Working

Our collaborations - The NMRC has a longstanding and fruitful relationship with NHS Trusts (University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust), East Midlands HealthCare Workforce Deanery and other health and social care organisations such as Leicester County Council, which have resulted in improvements in patient safety, women’s health and mental health provision. We have research collaborations with the University of Leicester, Imperial College London, University College London and the University of Nottingham and City Hospital Nottingham.   

Collaboration with the Leicestershire and Rutland Hospice (LOROS) has resulted in the establishment of the Centre for the Promotion of Excellence in Palliative Care to support research into specialist palliative care practice. We have also established a partnership with Macmillan, jointly running a module on volunteering, the first of its kind in the UK. Research on academic partnerships and student volunteering is also being conducted as part of this partnership, with the aim of publishing in peer reviewed journals.

Mental health and Disability researchers work with regional, national and international organisations in promoting user perspectives, access to services, ethnicity and cultural diversity. Our Service User and Carer Research and Audit network (SUCRAN) continue to work with service providers in improving mental health services in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.


Doctoral Study

The Centre’s vibrant and supportive environment for research has seen a significant increase in the number of PhD and professional doctorate students. We currently supervise over 40 UK and international doctoral students.  For further information please click on the links below:

  • For information about the PhD programme please see the Graduate School.  For informal enquires please contact: Professor Jane Brown, Post graduate research student co-ordinator – 

  • Information about the Doctorate in Health Sciences. 

  • For applications and enquiries about doctoral study please click here.

Contact Us

Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre
Led by: Professor Jayne Brown

T: +44 (0)116 201 3961


Nursing and Midwifery newsletter spring edition 2016