The Helen McArdle Nursing and Care Research Institute sits within the University of Sunderland’s prestigious School of Nursing and Health Sciences which was launched in 2019.
The University recently benefited from a generous, multi-million pound donation from philanthropist and entrepreneur Helen McArdle, which was instrumental in the creation of the innovative new Helen McArdle Nursing and Care Research Institute. The University’s Shackleton House building has been re-named Helen McArdle House in recognition of this extraordinary gift.
Helen McArdle and University of Sunderland staff and students at the opening of the new Helen McArdle House, home to the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, and the Helen McArdle Nursing and Care Research Institute
The Helen McArdle Nursing and Care Research Institute will focus on applied clinical research across nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals (NMAHP). The five key research themes are:
1) Health Services Research
3) Out of Hospital Care
4) Bariatric Surgical Care
5) Military and Veteran Health and Wellbeing
These themes are underpinned by the ethos of improving care through ensuring avoidance of unintended or unexpected harm to patients or people during the provision of health care, by promoting the adoption and integration of evidence-based practices, interventions and policies into routine health care.
The Helen McArdle programme of research activities, which will include conferences, lectures and workshops designed to build research capacity and capability for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals, will support these strategic themes and raise the profile of the Helen McArdle Research Institute of Nursing and Care.
Dr Yitka Graham is the Convenor of the Health and Care Workforce Interdisciplinary Research Network, which is a collaboration between the Institute and the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries. The Network carries out research that explores the contribution of arts to health and wellbeing, with the aim of improving wellbeing and reducing inequalities in health. The Network benefits from the knowledge and expertise of staff in creative practice and health sciences.
As well as the five key research themes, research activity will be driven by current issues influencing health and provision of care across a variety of healthcare settings. The Helen McArdle Nursing and Care Research Institute will launch a series of lectures to highlight the work of the Institute and provide opportunities for discussion and debate.
These activities will be open to, and bring together, University staff and students, local and regional NHS and care workforces, including Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS Trusts, health and social care organisations, and the public.
Other events such as workshops and lectures supporting the five key strategic themes and research skills development, e.g. experts on methodology, will be targeted at and delivered to a smaller, more focused audience, i.e. research-active clinicians and academics.
For almost 100 years, researchers at the University have been challenging themselves and their subject in order to improve society across all its facets – from the early days of pharmacy to the support for heavy industry at its height, through to today's new sciences and advanced technologies. The Institute’s vision is to provide a research-rich environment that allows the current cohort of research active staff to achieve their full potential, and to support all other staff who aspire to being research active in becoming so.
Our School of Nursing and Health Sciences is the largest encompasses academic staff across undergraduate and postgraduate Nursing and Allied Health Professional programmes, including undergraduate and postgraduate Nursing, Paramedic Science, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy.
The new Helen McArdle Nursing and Care Research Institute is an integral part of the School, supporting the development of NMAHP applied research, aligned to the Institute's strategic themes of health services research, nursing, military and veteran health, out of hospital care and bariatric surgical care. As a School, we embrace innovation and are forward thinking in our approach and have strong working relationships with external partners.