University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust clinical school

The clinical school is a partnership between University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust and the University of Plymouth. The clinical school bridges academia with clinical practice by promoting evidence-based practice and clinically-focused non-medical research that enhances patient care.

The aim of the clinical school is linking research with practice and to close the evidence-practice gap by bringing the university academic activities to the heart of clinical environments to increase quality of care to all patients and their families.

Our objectives:

  • Increasing research capacity, skills, and outputs within nursing, midwifery and allied health professions.
  • Facilitating higher degree study, including research.
  • Offering support and guidance to nurses, midwives and allied health professionals to experience research in action.

Our ambassadors

Clinical School Lead

Professor Jos Latour

Honorary Clinical School Fellows

Kate Tantam, Critical Care nurse

Timothy Murray, Nurse and Ward Manager.

Professor Jos Latour

Working in a university hospital is very stimulating and provides many opportunities for academic careers for staff. It is great to see that the unique ideas and clinical problems are converted in research projects that benefit all patients and families.

Professor in Clinical Nursing

Find out more about Jos

Current research studies

  • Evaluating health related quality of life outcomes and prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder in survivors of critical care - Kate Tantam.
  • Nurse-led weaning of acute non-invasive ventilation in patients with acute hypercapnic respiratory failure - Timothy Murray.
  • Development and testing of a Patient Reported Measure for Emergency Department patients aged 65 and over (PREM-ED 65+) - Blair Graham, PhD student.
  • Witnessing an ATtempt of CPR in Hospital (WATCH) - Martina Fiori, PhD student.
  • Evaluate the impact of peer assisted learning amongst undergraduate nursing students in the clinical environment - Matthew Carey, PhD student.


  • Fiori M, Latour JM, Los F: Am I also going to die, doctor?" A systematic review of the impact of in-hospital patients witnessing a resuscitation of another patient. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing 2017;16(7):585-594.
  • Albrich L, Latour JM, Hickson M: A qualitative exploration of the experiences of intensive care patients after transition to a wardas expressed in online discussion forums. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics 2018;31(Suppl1):17-18.
  • Carey MC, Chick A, Kent B, Latour JM: An exploration of peer-assisted learning in undergraduate nursing students in paediatric clinical settings: an ethnographic study. Nursing Education Today 2018;65:212-217.
  • Fiori M, Endacott R, Latour JM: Exploring patients’ and healthcare professionals’ experiences of patient‐witnessed resuscitation: A qualitative study protocol. Journal of Advanced Nursing 2019;75(1):205-214.
  • Carey MC, Kent B, Latour JM: Using meta-ethnography to develop a conceptual model of peer-assisted learning of nursing students in clinical practice. Nursing Open 2018;00:1–9.


Professional academic activities

Annual Clinical School Research conferences

Workshop series on Writing for Publications (Professor Jos Latour)