Nursing, Health and Wellbeing

Bucks New University conducts research in a range of disciplines relating to Nursing, Health and Wellbeing. Details of current research projects in these areas are shown below.







The CWHHE CCG Collaborative commissioned a programme to develop training for providers in NW London in relation to the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and Deprivation of Liberty safeguards (DOLS). The project was conducted by Professor Colin Martin, Professor Susan Procter, Dr George Clerk and Dr David Hancock.

Clerk, George, Schaub, Jason, Hancock, David and Martin, Colin R. (2018) A Delphi survey of practitioner’s understanding of mental capacity. The Journal of Adult Protection, 20 (5/6). pp. 174-186. ISSN 1466-8203

Macmillan Cancer Support, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, and Buckinghamshire New University are working in collaboration to improve the quality of cancer patient care by using highly qualified and experienced Cancer Care Facilitators (CCFs). The CCFs work with the nursing and allied health workforce who work with cancer patients across a variety of settings. Bucks evaluation of the effectiveness of the improvement project is led by Michelle Boot and Professor Susan Procter.

On behalf NHS West London Clinical Commissioning group, Prof Susan Procter and Dr David Hancock undertook an evaluation of the whole system integrated care model “My Care My Way”. The evaluation consisted of two parallel studies: A qualitative study undertaken using interviews with service users, case managers, health and social care assistants and GPs; and a quantitative study of the impact of the model on service utilisation.

Completed in January 2018, the executive summary and full report of outcomes are available from West London CCG.

Funded by Stoke Mandeville Masson Research awards, this study investigated the sexual experiences of women with spinal cord injury to inform future advice and therapy given to patients. The research was led by Helen Thrussell and Dr Maureen Coggrave.

Thrussell, Helen, Coggrave, Maureen, Graham, Allison, Gall, Angela, Donald, Michelle, Kulshrestha, Richa and Geddis, Tracey (2018) Women’s experiences of sexuality after spinal cord injury: a UK perspective. Spinal Cord, 56. pp. 1084-1094. ISSN 1362-4393

This project was funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing as part of a study to improve dignity for older people in hospitals. Led by Kings College London, Professor Susan Procter and Dr Gulen Addis led Bucks role in the project which completed in 2016.

Dignity is a concept that applies to all patients. Older patients can be particularly vulnerable to experiencing a loss of dignity in hospital. Previous tools developed to measure dignity have been aimed at palliative and end‐of‐life care, with no tools previously reported for measuring dignity in acute hospital care.

The project captured a range of data relating to dignity across 17 wards in acute settings where at least 50% of patients were 65 years or older. This was used to develop a simple format for a dignity survey and observations.

The study concluded that dignity in acute hospital care can be monitored by surveys and observations. They also showed that while overall most patients reported that they received dignified care in hospital, many interactions between staff and patients are neutral rather than positive. This suggested that there is scope to improve dignified care by alerting staff to the value placed by patients on warm human interactions.

Tauber-Gilmore, Marcelle, Norton, Christine, Procter, Sue, Murrells, Trevor, Addis, Gulen, Baillie, Lesley, Velasco, Pauline, Athwal, Preet, Kayani, Saeema and Zahran, Zainab (2018) Development of tools to measure dignity for older people in acute hospitals. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 27 (19-20). pp. 3706-3718. ISSN 0962-1067

Tauber-Gilmore, Marcelle, Addis, Gulen, Zahran, Zainab, Black, Sally, Baillie, Lesley, Procter, Susan and Norton, Christine (2017) The views of older people and health professionals about dignity in acute hospital care. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 27 (1-2). pp. 223-234. ISSN 0962-1067

Zahran, Zainab, Tauber, Marcelle, Watson, Holly Howe, Coghlan,, Phoebe, White, Sarah, Procter, Susan, Addis, Gulen and Norton, Christine (2016) Systematic review: what interventions improve dignity for older patients in hospital? Journal of Clinical Nursing, 25 (3-4). pp. 311-321. ISSN 0962-1067


Health Education NW London funded development of educational materials for patients and carers with basic information about the prevention and management of pressure ulcers.The app was developed to be helpful for family and home carers as well as care home staff. The educational app is now available and can be freely downloaded (search for PUInfo in your mobile device app store and look for the logo on the left).

Supported by the Florence Nightingale Fund, Dr Roger Newham and Lynne Hudgell investigated pressure ulcer management and prevention in acute and primary care.

Further work was funded by Imperial College Health partners to investigate implementation of improved service methods. The work was led by Prof Susan Procter and Lynne Hudgell.

Hudgell, Lynne and Dalphinis, Julie and Blunt, Chris and Zonouzi, Maryam and Procter, Susan (2015) Engaging patients in pressure ulcer prevention. Nursing Standard, 29 (36). pp. 64-70. ISSN 0029-6570

Newham, Roger and Hudgell, Lynne (2015) Pressure ulcer management and prevention in acute and primary care. British Journal of Nursing (Tissue Viability Supplement), 24 (6). ISSN 0966-0461