Research and Innovation Hub at School of Nursing and Midwifery launched

19 May 2022

New state-of-the art Research and Innovation Hub was officially opened this week by world renowned Nurse Researcher, Professor Linda Aiken, at UCCs School of Nursing and Midwifery.

UCCs School of Nursing and Midwifery new state-of-the art Research and Innovation Hub officially opened by world renowned Nurse Researcher, Professor Linda Aiken.

Staff gathered to celebrate the QS World Ranking of Top 50 School of Nursing and the launch of their new centre for research excellence. The Research and Innovation Hub was designed to provide a supportive context to enable research staff and teams to collaborate and generate research that will inform healthcare workforce and the delivery of quality healthcare systems nationally and internationally. The hub encapsulates six thematic research programmes; Ageing Integrated Research, Enhancing Cancer Awareness & Survivorship Programmes, Mental Health and Wellbeing for the 21st Century: People, Organisations, and Places, J.U.S.T.I.C.E in Healthcare Just, Universal, Sustainable, Trusted, Inclusive, Caring & Ethical Health Care in Life and Death, Maternity, Family and Primary Care; and the Centre for Safer Staffing and Healthcare Systems Research (The CATALYST Centre). The hub will be able to house 17 researchers onsite at any one time with capacity to support many more through the use of an online booking system. There is also a creative zone for all staff, supervision teams and graduate students to use where they can collaborate with external experts through the new interactive white board and conferencing system. We also see it functioning as a space for service users and patients to co-design with researchers’ solutions to real world healthcare problems. It was officially opened by Professor Linda Aiken. Professor Aiken is the Director of Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, and Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania. Professor Aiken’s world leading and pioneering research has changed the way we understand the impact of nursing care. Linda’s work directly impacts on healthcare policy in Ireland and has led to substantial change on how we determine staffing levels in medical, surgical and emergency settings. Dr Aiken’s work has been central in enhancing the clinical work environment of nurses, a key factor in the recruitment and retention of nurses. Dr. Aiken’s work in this area led to the development of the Magnet Recognition Program - a key element of the Magnet4Europe study, for which Professor Jonathan Drennan, UCC, is a leading partner It is envisaged that the Research and Innovation hub will provide a stimulating work environment – a centre of excellence within the region - for research staff, graduate students, supervisors, clinical colleagues, patients and staff with research interests to collaborate, create and continue to foster a research intense ecosystem within the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

  Research Hub Launch 2022    


School of Nursing and Midwifery

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