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Nursing is a priority research area at Bucks and we has a vibrant academic nursing and health-related community with an excellent track record in educating new and experienced health and social care practitioners from pre-registration to doctoral studies.
Following the national NHS London tendering exercise in 2011, Bucks was awarded the largest pre-registration adult nursing contract in London on the basis of excellence in educational provision and exemplary stakeholder engagement supported by academic partnership, applied research, knowledge transfer and practice development activity.
Through our partner collaborations, Bucks has strong academic links with the Oxford Academic Health Science Network, Imperial Partners (AHSN) and the NW London CLAHRC. As a result of these collaborations the Faculty has established four Institutes which act as the delivery arm within the University for research and service improvement activity.These are known as The Institute of Research in Nursing (IRN) The Institute of Mental Health (IMH), The Institute of Vocational Learning and Workforce Research in Health and Social Care (IVLWR), and The Institute of Diversity, Inclusivity, Communities and Society (IDRICS).
The nurse’s research submitted for REF 2014 relates to the work carried out by IRN and IDRICS.
Since 2008 the Faculty of Society and Health has met the strategic aim of implementing an applied portfolio of research through a partnership approach. From 2010, our strategy has rested on the development of our four institutes. These institutes were built on earlier strengths to provide a more coordinated and focused approach to research, and are a visible point of engagement for our external partners and clients.
A brief description of the strategic purposes for the IRN and IDRICS follows:
The Institute of Research in Nursing (IRN)The IRN brings NHS Trusts together with academic staff from Bucks to identify individual and collective research priorities, in order to collaborate and develop bids for funding, share aggregate data in relation to key performance indicators, share lessons learnt and good practice in relation to harm-free care and to commission local evaluations and practice development projects.
The Institute of Diversity, Inclusivity, Communities and Society (IDRICS)IDRICS has expertise across a number of areas, including education research and community cohesion and development. They are engaged in a wide range of international, national and local teaching, research and evaluation activities which reach out to excluded populations, such as Asylum Seekers, Gypsies and Travellers.
In order to establish our Institutes and gain the confidence of our Trust and service partners, we had to demonstrate our credibility, capacity, capability and relevance to their purposes.
As an example of the success of our approach, Bucks has been appointed as the preferred non-medical research partner by the West London Mental Health Trust (WLMHT) and has been selected by the Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI) as an academic partner for workforce-related research and horizon scanning. Each Institute has a remit for partnership working with non-academic user groups and research beneficiaries. The collaborations with partners which constitute these Institutes are the main strategy for impact in the future.