Research

The GNCT fund nurse-led research projects that examine an aspect of nursing policy and practice. We issue a call for grant applications annually with a specified closing date. The nursing focus of the call is changed each year. The current call for 2017 is on making care safer for patients and families.

Details of recent research grants awarded are given below.

Developing family-centred care in a neonatal intensive care unit: an action researchers.
Principal Investigator: Dr Caryl Skene, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Supporting women with toileting in palliative care: is the female urinal acceptable, safe and effective product for bladder management?
Principal Investigator: Professor Mandy Fader, University of Southampton.

Nurse decision making about the delivery of skin care to patients with advanced cancer at the end of life: an exploratory study to develop a decision support algorithm.
Principal Investigator: Dr Ray Samuriwo, Cardiff University.

Dementia communication intervention based on the VERA framework for preregistration nurses: development and feasibility study.
Principal Investigator: Dr Corina Naughton, King’s College London & King’s College Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Night-time noise levels in patients self-reported sleep patterns in a Medical Admissions Unit: a quantitative study.
Principal Investigator: Professor Felicity Astin & Janet Cockcroft, University of Huddersfield & Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.

U-DECIDE: Preventing short-term urethral catheters becoming long-term: a mixed methods study of community nursing practice and decision-making.
Principal Investigator: Professor Heather Loveday, University of West London.

Using patient and staff experience to improve the safety and acceptability of anti-embolism stockings in acute care.
Principal Investigator Sue Burgess, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

A realist evaluation of how young people experience the school nurse ChatHealth system for addressing their physical and mental wellbeing health needs.
Principal Investigator Dr Karen Whitaker, University of Central Lancashire.

Improving patient experience of mental healthcare by minimizing restrictive practices: a mixed methods study.
Principal Investigator Professor Elizabeth Barclay University of West London.

What do patients want? Exploring the patient and family experience of communication and information in the Emergency Department.
Principal Investigator Emma Goodwin, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Glenda Cook of Northumbria University re supporting optimal hydration with those living with dementia in care homes                        £29964

Sally Tedstone of Royal United Hospitals Bath re does osteopathic treatment of infants with tongue function difficulties improve

breastfeeding outcomes                                                                                                                                                                                                       £29887

Dr Parveen Ali of University of Sheffield re do primary care nurses provide appropriate care to women of domestic abuse                        £29115

Louise Condon of Swansea University re maintaining  child and family safety when a parent has a mental health problem                       £26163

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Executive Summaries of completed research studies

Developing family-centred care in a neonatal intensive care unit: an action researchers.
Principal Investigator: Dr Caryl Skene, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. February 2017

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Supporting self-management in heart failure patients with diabetes

The aims of this project were to understand current self-management in heart failure patients
with diabetes to identify any potential gaps in current practice and to explore patients’
experiences of self-managing these two conditions. These issues were explored by using mixed
research methods.

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Scholarships

The GNCT fund a limited number of travel scholarships for Registered Nurses that are offered by Florence Nightingale Foundation. The Foundation issues an annual call for the scholarships. Information about travel scholarships can be found on the Florence Nightingale Foundation website.

GNCT Travel Scholar
Emma Bond, Vascular Clinical Nurse Specialist, Glan Clwyd Hospital, Betsi Cadwaladr Universiy Health Board, Rhyl, Denbighshire.
Study: The context, process and impact of decision making in carotid endarterectomy patients to ensure that patients are information and involved in the decision making for their operations and appreciate the risks.
Visits to Newcastle, Leeds, Canada, USA.

GNCT Travel Scholar
Dr Nicola Evans Professional Head of Mental Health Nursing, Cardiff University.
Study: Looking at the needs of vulnerable young people with mental health issues to ensure they are seen in a timely fashion, that the interventions are relevant and that they remain connected to elements of their life such as family and community.
Visits to Australia, Canada, Malta

GNC Anthony Smith Memorial Travel Scholar
Cheryl Normal, Clinical Nurse Specialist, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice.
Paediatric Pain Masterclass and seeing learning being put into local practice in a healthcare facility in Minnesota.
Visits to Canada and USA.

GNCT Travel Scholar
Emma Bond, Vascular Clinical Nurse Specialist, Glan Clwyd Hospital, Betsi Cadwaladr Universiy Health Board, Rhyl, Denbighshire.
Study: The context, process and impact of decision making in carotid endarterectomy patients to ensure that patients are information and involved in the decision making for their operations and appreciate the risks.
Visits to Newcastle, Leeds, Canada, USA.

GNCT Travel Scholar
Dr Nicola Evans Professional Head of Mental Health Nursing, Cardiff University.
Study: Looking at the needs of vulnerable young people with mental health issues to ensure they are seen in a timely fashion, that the interventions are relevant and that they remain connected to elements of their life such as family and community.
Visits to Australia, Canada, Malta

GNC Anthony Smith Memorial Travel Scholar
Cheryl Normal, Clinical Nurse Specialist, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice.
Paediatric Pain Masterclass and seeing learning being put into local practice in a healthcare facility in Minnesota.
Visits to Canada and USA.

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