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Research alliance with University of Sheffield

The RCN has begun a five-year research alliance with the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sheffield

Over the past five years (2018-2022), the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Sheffield conducted a programme of research activity, supporting the development of nursing research evidence and nurse research capacity, with the aim of influencing public policy and promoting better outcomes for the population and the NHS workforce.

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The core objectives of the research alliance were:

  • to produce excellent international quality research and evidence reviews that will inform national and international nursing and health practice and policy, thus benefiting patients, families, health professionals and health outcomes
  • to disseminate and share research findings to inform developments in education, practice and policy designed to improve nursing and health care
  • to enhance public and user awareness of nursing issues
  • to work alongside users, carers and stakeholders to ensure that the activities are significant, meaningful and timely
  • to utilise research to inform nursing educational programmes.


Priorities and work areas included:


To conduct a programme of research activity, supporting the development of nursing research evidence and research capacity. Ultimately seeking to influence public policy and promote better outcomes for the population and the NHS workforce.

  • Trainee Nursing Associate (TNA)
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) - upskilling
  • Advanced level nursing practitioner (ANPs)
  • Staffing for safe and effective care
  • Consensus development project

Capacity building

The Strategic Research Alliance aims to provide high quality teaching and research capacity building. We are interested in hearing from potential PhD students who are interested in our core research areas and throughout the project we will have clinical scholarships that will aim to allow research engagement and development from nurses across the four nations.

  • PhD studentships
  • Clinical scholarships

Represent-CRN study

Are you a nurse, midwife or allied health professional (AHP) practicing in the NHS? Do you have views about how research is delivered by Clinical Research Nurses in the NHS? Would you be prepared to share those views?

The Represent-CRN study is part of the Royal College of Nursing Strategic Research Alliance with the University of Sheffield. It aims to explore the views of registered NHS staff operating outside of clinical research delivery teams, in relation to the Clinical Research Nurse role and research delivery.

By exploring these views, we hope to shed light on what leads to different perceptions of research, ultimately to enable more patients to have the opportunity to participate in research that is relevant to their health. 
Find out more about the study.

More information

Please visit the University of Sheffield Strategic Research Alliance web pages for more information about individual projects.