The South West Clinical School at Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust exists to promote evidence-based practice and clinically-focused non-medical research that enhances patient care.
A partnership between the Trust and the University of Plymouth, the Clinical School encourages and supports nurses, midwives, and other allied health professionals to look at their practice, challenge current thinking, try out new ideas and work out ways to measure what they're doing.
Our objectives are to:
- increase research capacity, skills, and outputs within nursing, midwifery and allied health professions
- increase evidence-based practice activity, enhancing the translation of evidence into practice
- strengthen the position of the patient as the focal point for care – putting the patient at the heart of the Clinical School’s activity.
Clinical School Leads
Clinical School Lead
Honorary Clinical School Associates
- Mary Smith, Librarian
- Donna Richardson, Graphic Designer
Honorary Clinical School Fellows
- Sue Prosser, Senior Nurse, Neonatal Unit (also Chair, Clinical School Steering Group)
- Fiona Fry, Lead Hepatology Nurse
- Debbie Cheeseman, Consultant Nurse, Older people
- Carole Boulanger, Advanced Critical Care Practitioner
- Michelle Thornberry
Linking research with practice
South West Clinical Schools Annual Research Symposium 2020
Research and Practice – The New Normal
How has the pandemic impacted innovation, research and practice? What will it look like in a post-Covid world? Join us (virtually) for this full-day event where clinical and academic professionals share their views and best practice of research-led practice. Speakers will look into pandemic-driven innovation in clinical practice including Covid trials, ethical challenges and innovations in practice.
Current research studies
- Family Member Perspectives of Safety in the Intensive Care Unit (SAFE-ICU).
- Evaluation of support services provided for people who visit FORCE Cancer Charity: a pilot study.
- Managing hydration risk: an education initiative for healthcare professionals, patients and carers.
- INACTIC: International Nursing Advanced Competency-based Training for Intensive Care.
- Top ten concerns burdening people with cancer and the nurses caring for them.
- Does weight matter? Women's experience of having a raised
BMI whilst pregnant (Jenny Cunningham, Dinah Gibbons) 6th Annual Weight
Stigma conference, Leeds UK 2018.
- Implementing Urology Site Specific Health and Wellbeing
Clinics (M Bracey) UKONS UK Oncology Nursing Society; 2016.
- Pain assessment and management in patients with cognitive
impairment in an acute hospital (Julie Murdoch, Laura Cook) National Acute
Pain Symposium, Chester 2016.
- Impact of an education programme for novice nurses on staff
work engagement in a UK ICU (Churchill K, Brook R, Hawkins K, Paver N) ESICM
European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, Milan 2016.
- Mitchell K, Delfont S, Bracey ML, Endacott
R. (2018) Top ten concerns burdening people with cancer: perceptions of
patients with cancer and the nurses caring for them. European Journal of
Oncology Nursing 33: 102-106.
- Punshon G, Endacott R, et al (2017) The Experiences of Specialist Nurses Working Within the Uro-oncology Multidisciplinary Team in the United Kingdom. Clinical Nurse Specialist. 31(4):210-8.
- Fry F, Shawyer V, Endacott R (2016) Experience with phlebotomy for people with hepatitis C: a systematic review. Gastrointestinal Nursing 14(7): 28-41.
- Endacott R, Boyer C, Benbenishty J , Ben Nunn M, Ryan H, Chamberlain W, Boulanger C, Ganz FDK (2016) Perceptions of a good death: a qualitative study in intensive care units in England and Israel. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing 36: 8-16.
Professor Ruth Endacott, Professor in Clinical Nursing (Critical Care)
As a clinical professor, it's a great privilege to mentor nurses to develop research skills alongside their 'day job' - science is everybody's business and the joy of that first publication or conference presentation is unforgettable.
South West Clinical Schools
The South West Clinical Schools are a collaboration between the University of Plymouth and the NHS, working with nurses, midwives, and allied health professionals at all stages of their clinical and academic development.
Our work with local health services has identified the urgent need to capture improvements in patient and family outcomes, as well as ensure that existing evidence is used to best develop the research led by non-medical health professionals. To meet these needs, we have invested in clinical schools, which are professorial-led centres, in five of our local NHS trusts. The main focus for the clinical schools is to encourage health professionals to look at their practice, challenge current thinking, try out new ideas and work out ways to measure what they're doing.
Find out more about the South West Clinical Schools.