Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust Clinical School

Our aim is to use research skills and knowledge to enhance patient care and optimise the patient and family’s experience of our care. Our activities focus on developing clinical challenges into research questions, reviewing the evidence to support practice change and providing support for disseminating research findings.

Clinical School Lead

Professor Ruth Endacott

Honorary Clinical School Fellows

Sue Prosser, Senior Nurse, Neonatal Unit (also Chair, Clinical School Steering Group)
Fiona Fry, Lead Hepatology Nurse
Debbie Cheeseman, Consultant Nurse, Older people
Carole Boulanger, Advanced Critical care Practitioner
Michelle Thornberry

Honorary Clinical School Associates

Mary Smith, Librarian
Donna Richardson, Graphic designer

Current research studies

  • Family Member Perspectives of Safety in the Intensive Care Unit (SAFE-ICU) 
  • Evaluation of support services provided for people who visit FORCE Cancer Charity: a pilot study
  • Managing hydration risk: an education initiative for healthcare professionals, patients and carers.
  • INACTIC: International Nursing Advanced Competency-based Training for Intensive Care


Recent conference presentations

  • Does weight matter? Women's experience of having a raised BMI whilst pregnant (Jenny Cunningham, Dinah Gibbons) 6th Annual Weight Stigma conference, Leeds UK 2018.
  • Implementing Urology Site Specific Health and Wellbeing Clinics (M Bracey) UKONS UK Oncology Nursing Society; 2016.
  • Pain assessment and management in patients with cognitive impairment in an acute hospital (Julie Murdoch, Laura Cook) National Acute Pain Symposium, Chester 2016.
  • Impact of an education programme for novice nurses on staff work engagement in a UK ICU (Churchill K, Brook R, Hawkins K, Paver N) ESICM European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, Milan 2016.


Latest publications

  • Mitchell K, Delfont S, Bracey ML, Endacott R. (2018) Top ten concerns burdening people with cancer: perceptions of patients with cancer and the nurses caring for them. European Journal of Oncology Nursing 33: 102-106.
  • Punshon G, Endacott R, et al (2017) The Experiences of Specialist Nurses Working Within the Uro-oncology Multidisciplinary Team in the United Kingdom. Clinical Nurse Specialist. 31(4):210-8.
  • Fry F, Shawyer V, Endacott R (2016) Experience with phlebotomy for people with hepatitis C: a systematic review. Gastrointestinal Nursing 14(7): 28-41.
  • Endacott R, Boyer C, Benbenishty J , Ben Nunn M, Ryan H, Chamberlain W, Boulanger C, Ganz FDK (2016) Perceptions of a good death: a qualitative study in intensive care units in England and Israel. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing 36: 8-16.

Professor Ruth Endacott

As a clinical professor, it's a great privilege to mentor nurses to develop research skills alongside their 'day job' - science is everybody's business and the joy of that first publication or conference presentation is unforgettable.

Professor in Clinical Nursing (Critical Care)

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