South West Clinical Schools

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 effect and increase the amount of 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 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. 

The key goals of the Clinical Schools:

  • Develop capacity and capability for clinical research, evidence-based practice and quality improvement activity.
  • Supporting the nursing, midwifery and allied health professions' leaderships within the Trusts.
  • Embed a clear clinical academic career path to assist the transition from undergraduate student through newly registered health professional to research leadership roles located within clinical settings.

The School of Nursing and Midwifery and the School of Health Professions are both involved in the Clinical Schools, and the staff work beyond the boundaries of these five Trusts to support activities in the communities as well.

Innovations in PAtient Care and qualiTy (ImPACT) research group

The South West Clinical School aims to address issues encountered by health professionals at any stage of research. This is achieved at a local and regional level, with outputs also targeted to conferences and journals with a national and international reach. The research activities are conducted through the Innovations in Patient Care and Quality (ImPACT) research group.

Find out more about the ImPACT research group

News and events

The University of Plymouth Clinical Schools 4th annual conference was held at the Horizon Centre, Torbay Hospital, on 16 May 2018. At the event, the Torbay Clinical School was launched to support clinical researchers and promote research and quality improvement. The conference celebrated research and development in practice through presentations, posters and discussion.

Launch of the University of Plymouth and Torbay and South Devon Clinical School

Alumni Clinical Research Grant Scheme

Are you a nurse or a midwife who completed your pre-registration education with the University of Plymouth before September 2015?

Are you interested in developing your research skills?

If the answer to both questions is ‘yes’ our Alumni Clinical Research Grant Scheme could be of interest to you.

Find out more about the Alumni Clinical Research Grant

Fiona Fry was the first recipient of the award

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