Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit

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The Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit is jointly hosted by GCU and the University of Stirling and is a national unit funded directly by the Scottish Government’s Chief Scientist Office, with expertise in the development and implementation of large scale trials of complex NMAHP interventions; expertise in systematic reviews and in the design and successful completion of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and cluster randomised trials (CRT).

The remit of the Unit is to:

  • Develop a high quality research agenda which is useful and relevant to direct patient care
  • Provide a strong national focus for patient care research
  • Involve nurses and other direct care staff where appropriate in its research

The NMAHP RU Interventions Programme aims to undertake research (primary, secondary and implementation research) which addresses the effectiveness of NMAHP interventions in the NMAHP RU’s priority areas, with the ultimate aim of achieving health gain for the Scottish population and beyond. It also undertakes methodological research which improves our ability to successfully and efficiently evaluate NMAHP interventions and to maximise likely impact. The NMAHP RU’s Quality & Delivery of Care programme enhances our research in the phases of intervention development and translation of evidence relating to effective interventions.

Research at GCU within this unit has included a research programme leading to improvements in evidence-based clinical assessment and treatment of pelvic organ prolapse, a distressing condition affecting up to 50% of women worldwide. High-quality, internationally-relevant trial work on the effectiveness of Pelvic Floor Muscle Training has led to improvements in the clinical interventions delivered for prolapse.

Researchers are investigating the efficiency of the most common NHS treatment for female incontinence – to see how it can better treat the estimated one in three women who live with the condition. Incontinence is normally treated in the first instance with a series of exercises which aim to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. The NHS spends £38 million on such programmes every year. The £2million OPAL study led by NMAHP will recruit 600 women, who will then visit a specialist nurse or physiotherapist to be taught how to do the exercises.

Research also includes the standardisation of outcome measures for stroke rehabilitation trials; the longterm consequences for stroke survivors and health professionals; and the epidemiology, risk factors and natural history of UI after stroke.   

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