South West Clinical Schools

What is South West Clinical Schools?

South West Clinical Schools is a collaboration between the University and the NHS 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.

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 the clinical schools, which are professorial-led centres, in five local NHS trusts.

Main objectives:

  • Develop capacity and capability for clinical research, evidence-based practice and quality improvement activity
  • Support 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 South West Clinical Schools, and the staff work beyond the boundaries of these five trusts to support activities in the communities as well.

South West Clinical Schools Leads

Innovations in Patient Care and Quality (ImPACT) Research Group

South West Clinical Schools 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

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

Event: South West Clinical Schools Annual Research Symposium

15 May 2019 - Royal Cornwall Hospital

Join us for this all-day event where we will celebrate the research achievements of nurses, midwives and allied health professionals across the network of South West Clinical Schools.

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