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NIHR Grant Applications Seminar ONLINE


Dear colleagues

– Do you have a great idea for research in health, social care or public health?
– Are you planning to submit a grant application to NIHR?

Our popular seminar has now moved online and will take place on Tuesday 24th November 2020 from 10.00am – 12.30pm.

The seminar provides an overview of NIHR funding opportunities and research programme remits, requirements and application processes. We will give you top tips for your application and answer specific questions with experienced RDS South West advisers.

Find out more and book a place.

Your local branch of the NIHR RDS (Research Design Service) is based within the BU Clinical Research Unit (BUCRU)

We can help with your application. We advise on all aspects of developing an application and can review application drafts as well as put them to a mock funding panel (run by RDS South West) known as Project Review Committee, which is a fantastic opportunity for researchers to obtain a critical review of a proposed grant application before this is sent to a funding body.

Come as early as possible to benefit fully from the advice

Feel free to call us on 01202 961939 or send us an email.


Writing Week – support from BUCRU and RDS

Writing Week in the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences is coming up next week and we wanted to highlight some of the expertise within BUCRU and NIHR RDS (Research Design Service) and remind you that we’re available to provide support for your health or social care research.

Bournemouth University Clinical Research Unit (BUCRU) supports researchers in improving the quality, quantity and efficiency of research across the University and local NHS Trusts.

We do this by:

  • Helping researchers develop high quality applications for external research funding (including small grants)
  • Ongoing involvement in funded research projects

How can we help?

BUCRU/RDS can provide help in the following areas:

  • Formulating research questions
  • Building an appropriate team
  • Study design
  • Appropriate methodologies for quantitative research, e.g. statistical issues, health economics
  • Appropriate methodologies for qualitative research, e.g. sampling, analytical strategies
  • Advice on data management and data analysis
  • Identifying suitable funding sources
  • Writing plain English summaries
  • Identifying the resources required for a successful project
  • Critical reviews of proposed grant applications can be obtained through our Project Review Committee before they are sent to a funding body.
  • Patient and public involvement in research
  • Trial management
  • Ethics, governance and other regulatory issues
  • Linking University and NHS researchers

Over the coming weeks we’ll cover some of these areas in more detail in future blogs and how we can help you.

Our support is available to Bournemouth University staff and people working locally in the NHS, and depending on the support you require, is mostly free of charge. There are no general restrictions on topic area or professional background of the researcher.

If you would like support in developing your research please get in touch through or by calling us on 01202 961939. Please see our website for further information, details of our current and previous projects and a link to our recent newsletter.

NIHR Grant Applications Seminar ONLINE


Dear colleagues

– Do you have a great idea for research in health, social care or public health?
– Are you planning to submit a grant application to NIHR?

Our popular seminar (which was previously planned in Bournemouth on 24 March and cancelled due to lockdown) has now moved online and will take place on Tuesday 28th July 2020 from 2.00pm – 4.30pm.

The seminar provides an overview of NIHR funding opportunities and research programme remits, requirements and application processes. We will give you top tips for your application and answer specific questions with experienced RDS South West advisers.

We will also be joined by Simon Goodwin – RfPB Programme Manager for the South West and East of England. Find out more and book a place.

Your local branch of the NIHR RDS (Research Design Service) is based within the BU Clinical Research Unit (BUCRU)

We can help with your application. We advise on all aspects of developing an application and can review application drafts as well as put them to a mock funding panel (run by RDS South West) known as Project Review Committee, which is a fantastic opportunity for researchers to obtain a critical review of a proposed grant application before this is sent to a funding body.

Come as early as possible to benefit fully from the advice

Feel free to call us on 01202 961939 or send us an email.


HSS Lunchtime Seminar Session on Wednesday

Professor Ann Hemingway and Dr Katey Collins will be sharing their latest research at a lunchtime seminar session on Wednesday (13th November). All are very welcome to attend. The session will run from 1:15 – 2:00 in B321, Bournemouth House. Please feel free to bring your lunch.

So…on Monday I was in the Kremlin!!

but no worries I’m out and back in the UK!!

I had the privilege of being invited to represent the British Geriatric Society (BGS) Nurses and AHP Council to talk about Dementia and the nurse’s role at the Scientific and Practical Conference Long Term Care Focus on Dementia in St Petersburg last week. What struck me most as I listened to the presentation interpreted from Russian or Hebrew into English is that when it comes to talking about dementia we have more in common than divides us. Nurses, academics, physicians, psychiatrists, and nutritionists all talked about wanting to provide a person centred approach to care, seeing the person not their diagnosis and in essence wanting to offer a humanised approach to care. They discussed the importance of preparing nurses to work with older people and people with dementia and the challenges this poses for the curriculum. They emphasised the need for more research into what is ‘living well with dementia’ and how we can provide it. The presenters spoke with a passion that was inspiring.

I was able to offer the UK perspective and highlight examples from the Ageing and Dementia Research Centre (ADRC) at BU about our innovative approaches to education, research and practical examples of enabling people with dementia to live richer lives. My talk was being translated from English to Russian so as I started my talk I invited everyone to stand up to relieve their pressure areas (we had been sitting still for 2 hours and I am a nurse after all), I do not know what was translated but everyone did stand up, looking a bit bemused. Fortunately when I said to sit down again they all did – hand gestures helped! I felt like I was at the UN with my earpiece carefully in place, but was in awe of the eagerness to learn from others. I was the only person from the UK, but there were speakers from Norway, Israel and of course Russia all presenting. We have so much in common that I hope our conversations will continue.

I was able to stay the weekend and did a mini tour, that included the Hermitage Museum, the ballet (wow!), an overnight sleeper train to Moscow (I felt like I was in a Agatha Christi film), and of course go in to the Kremlin.  It was a fascinating conference and trip.

Article published in Physiological Reports


The article titled “The effects of 8 weeks of inspiratory muscle training on the balance of healthy older adults: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study” has been published by Physiological Reports.


It is the first research to describe the effects of inspiratory muscle training (i.e. breathing exercises that improve the strength of inspiratory muscles) on static and dynamic balance (measured with the clinical tool mini-BEST) and functional mobility (such as Timed Up and Go and 5 sit to stand tasks) with community dwellers older adults (aged 65+).

The research is part of Francesco Ferraro PhD journey. Journey guided with the supervision of Professor Alison McConnell, Dr James Gavin and Tom Wainwright

The article is now fully available as open access here


To examine the effects of 8‐week unsupervised, home‐based inspiratory muscle training (IMT) on the balance and physical performance of healthy older adults. Fifty‐nine participants (74 ± 6 years) were assigned randomly in a double‐blinded fashion to either IMT or sham‐IMT, using a pressure threshold loading device. The IMT group performed 30‐breath twice daily at ~50% of maximal inspiratory pressure (MIP). The sham‐IMT group performed 60‐breaths once daily at ~15% MIP; training was home‐based and unsupervised, with adherence self‐reported through training diaries. Respiratory outcomes were assessed pre‐ and postintervention, including forced vital capacity, forced expiratory volume, peak inspiratory flow rate (PIFR), MIP, and inspiratory peak power. Balance and physical performance outcomes were measured using the shortened version of the Balance Evaluation System test (mini‐BEST), Biodex® postural stability test, timed up and go, five sit‐to‐stand, isometric “sit‐up” and Biering–Sørensen tests. Between‐group effects were examined using two‐way repeated measures ANOVA, with Bonferroni correction. After 8‐week, the IMT group demonstrated greater improvements (P ≤ 0.05) in: PIFR (IMT = 0.9 ± 0.3 L sec−1; sham‐IMT = 0.3 L sec−1); mini‐BEST (IMT = 3.7 ± 1.3; sham‐IMT = 0.5 ± 0.9) and Biering–Sørensen (IMT = 62.9 ± 6.4 sec; sham‐IMT = 24.3 ± 1.4 sec) tests. The authors concluded that twice daily unsupervised, home‐based IMT is feasible and enhances inspiratory muscle function and balance for community‐dwelling older adults.

Successful Away Day for the Centre for Midwifery, Maternal and Perinatal Health

CMMPH held its annual away day on the 12th December and was led by the Centre leads, Professors Edwin van Teijlingen and Susan Way. It is an opportunity for BU staff, PGR students and Visiting Faculty to come together and share their research development and impact over the previous year. Time is also given to thinking ahead to ensure the Centre is meeting its aims of promoting the health and wellbeing of women, babies and their families by enhancing practice through education, research and scholarship.

The morning started with an update about EDGE, an NHS IT platform that provides a governance framework for tracking NHS research studies. Doctoral students whose studies require NHS ethics approval will have their research tracked through this system. Other discussions included an update on REF and BU2025, developing a publications strategy and match-funded PhD studentships.


Luisa Cescutti-Butler                            Malika Felton

Several PGR students presented their work to date, ranging from rising caesarean section rates in hospitals in Nepal (Sulochana Dhakal working towards Probationary Review); acute and chronic effects of slow and deep breathing upon women who have pregnancy-induced hypertension (Malika Felton working towards Major Review); updating the understanding perineal practice at the time of birth by midwives (Sara Stride working towards Probationary Review) and women’s experiences of caring for their late preterm babies (Dr Luisa Cescutti-Butler recently awarded doctorate). The presentations were all excellent and produced a lot of questions and discussion. Well done to all those who presented.


Sulochana Dhakal                                                 Sara Stride

The afternoon was used as an opportunity to think ahead about future collaborative research, how this fits in with the Centre aims and objectives as well as meeting the university’s ambitions to be a world class organisation.

The day was really enjoyable with a lot of positive feedback.


Edwin and Sue

REGISTER NOW: 18th September 2018 – Sixth Annual Wessex CRN Research Meeting & Regional BGS

Click links for programme and registration form, spaces limited!

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HSS Research Areas Membership 2018

Nearly two thirds of FHSS academics are now members of research entities. You are encouraged to join a research cluster, centre or institute in order to access support and maximise your research. Please click on the links to find further details about the research entities and current membership.

Ageing & Dementia Research Centre (ADRC)

Centre Heads: Prof Jane Murphy / Prof Jan Weiner

Deputies: Dr Michele Board / Dr Ben Hicks


Bournemouth University Clinical Research Unit (BUCRU)

Centre Heads: Prof Peter Thomas / Prof Tamas Hickish

Deputy: Dr Sarah Thomas


BU iWell

Centre Head: Dr Steve Trenoweth

Deputy: Prof Ann Hemingway


Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health (CMMPH)

Centre Head: Prof Edwin van Teijlingen

Deputy: Dr Sue Way


Centre for Qualitative Research (CQR)

Centre Head: Dr Kip Jones

Deputy: Dr Caroline Ellis-Hill


National Centre for Post-qualifying Social Work (NCPQSW)

Centre Head: Prof Keith Brown


Nursing long term health care challenges

Cluster Head: Dr Janet Scammell


Orthopaedics Research Institute

Institute Head: Prof Rob Middleton

Deputy: Tom Wainwright


Seldom Heard Voices: Marginalisation and Societal integration

Centre Head: Prof Lee-Ann Fenge

Deputies: Dr Mel Hughes / Dr Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers



Seldom Heard Voices: Marginalisation and Societal integration

Seldom Heard Voices: marginalisation and societal integration brings together a range of existing academics across Social Sciences and Social Work, both early career researchers keen to be mentored and established researchers. A key aspiration is to collaborate, develop and share networks for joint research activities and funding bids to achieve a critical mass of high quality Social Science focussed research within the faculty that will underpin a credible REF submission. This area includes both qualitative and quantitative methods to engage with marginalised communities and often excluded or silenced voices, particularly through user-led and participatory co-created research.


Sara Ashencaen Crabtree, Jennifer Bigmore, Tula Brannelly, Sid Carter, Wendy Cutts, Jill Davey, Lee-Ann Fenge, Jane Healy, Richard Heslop, Kate Howe, Mel Hughes, Maggie Hutchings, Hyun-Joo Lim, Stefan Kleipoedszus, Richard Murphy, Jonathan Parker, Rosie Read, Ros Richards, Lynne Rutter, Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers, Patrick Van Calster, Richard Williams.


Associate members

Sarah Collard, Vanessa Heaslip, Sally Lee, Lisa Oakley – Visiting Fellow, Sam Porter, Colin Pritchard, Emily Rosenorn-Lanng, Julie Ryden

Nursing Long – Term Health Care Challenges

Nursing Long – Term Health Care Challenges

The Nursing Research Cluster came into being in May 2016 and following some scoping of members’ expertise and areas of interest in the context of contemporary nursing and health care, our focus from autumn 2017 will concern Nursing and long-term health challenges.  The cluster brings together academics with passion, expertise and reputation in nurse education and research for impact on patient benefit and the preparation of a resilient workforce to support healthy communities.  It is led by a core group of very experienced researchers with high level collaborations nationally and internationally.  It will support and build the reputation of nursing research at Bournemouth University and enable many more staff to achieve a fused portfolio of activity for Ref 2021.

Managing people with long-term conditions is a significant challenge for the UK and global health community. As the largest professional group in health care, nursing has a major role to play.  Colleagues at BU have been researching leadership, workforce development and value-based nurse education, as well as issues pertaining to long-term conditions such as cancer and chronic obstructive airway disease (COPD).  The aim is to bring these three strands together to form a synergy to establish a clear framework for research activity that supports the development of a nursing workforce capable of meeting the challenges of changing patterns of health need in the coming decades.

Moving forward cluster members will develop and lead distinct research themes to provide a clear framework for nursing research at BU. The potential for collaborative activity with FHSS research groups is clearly evident and to be encouraged. However the unique focus of this group is the nursing contribution towards healthy communities, particularly for those living with long-term conditions.



Janet Scammell; Sam Porter; Elizabeth Rosser; Stephen Tee; Katherine Curtis; Sue Baron; Teresa Burdett; Ian Donaldson; Sarah Eales; Martin Hind; Janet James; Andy Mercer; Desiree Tait; Petra Brown; Sonya Chelvanayagam; Karen Cooper; Nikki Glendening; Sue Melling; Jill Phillips; Ashley Spriggs; Lucy Stainer; Sharon Waight; Clive Andrewes; Amanda Watson; Sarah Keeley; Clive Andrewes; Ann Bevan; Clive Matthews; Emma Bockle; Mark Gagan; Helen Farasat; Bernie Edwards; Jane Hunt; Ros Joy; Julie Ryden; Hilary Walsgrove; Belinda Humphries; Eleanor Jack; Clare Uren

Associate members

Michele Board; Sara White; Anneyce Knight; Jonny Branney; Lisa Gale-Andrews; Vanessa Heaslip; Peter Thomas; Andrew Powell, Mariam Vahdanina.


Adam Spacey; Gladys Yinusa; Ejike Thankgod Ezeh; Emma Thorne

External members (associates)

Debbie Streeter (DHC)





National Centre for Post Qualifying Social Work (NCPQSW)

NCPQSW specialises in providing high quality education, continuing professional development (CPD) and training for professionals within Health and Social Care. Post qualifying social work education is centred on a commitment, passion and dedication to develop professional practice, the enhancement of which is crucially focused on challenge and creative resolve, encompassing sound professional values, reasoning and judgement.

The centre currently works in partnership with over one third of local authorities in England. The flexible delivery model means we come to you to deliver education and training designed to make a positive contribution to practice.


Current Membership

Keith Brown (Head), Melanie Forsyth-Smith, Michael Lynne, Joanne Parker, Lynne Rutter, Sarah Williams, Sally Lee.


Associate Membership

Lee-Ann Fenge, Jennifer Bigmore, Kate Howe

Integrative Wellbeing Research Centre (iWell)

Integrative Wellbeing Research Centre (iWell)

The Integrative Wellbeing research centre (iWell) has its ancestry in a previous Research Centre, viz., the Centre of Wellbeing & Quality of Life. The legacy of this centre is a wealth of expertise that can be brought to bear on several key domains of health-related wellbeing, including the development of public health innovations, physical and mental health, physical activity and nutrition.

Our inter-disciplinary, and cross-faculty team will undertake research to improve health and wellbeing at population, community and individual citizen levels. Furthermore, members are committed to the INVOLVE principles for the co-production of research questions with service users.

Current Membership

Steve Trenoweth (Head), Alison McConnell, Jaqui Hewitt-Taylor, Pramod Regmi, Christoph Schroth, Paula Shepherd, Jo Hirdle, Matt Hartwell, Sara White, Osman Ahmed, , Ann Hemingway, Carol Clark, Swrajit Sakar, Sarah Collard, Angela Turner-Wilson, Liz Norton, Jonny Branney, Pete Phillips, Kathryn Collins.


Tula Brannelly, Clare Killingback, Jane Murphy, Sue Baron, Adele Ladkin, Sharon Docherty, Petra Brown, Karen Rees, Isaac Ngugi


Sarah Gallimore, Besty Jose, Sophie Smith, Joanne Holmes, Sue Melling, Jo Frost, Funmi Omotade, Karen Cooper, Julie Northam, Debbi Houghton, Malika Felton, Francesco Ferraro, James Odell, Mashael Alsufyani, Andrew Harding, Folashade Alloh, Charlotte Clayton, Elizabeth Njoki Waithaka, Pippa Hillen, Sara Glithro, Michael Gara, Dominique Mylod, Andrea Lacey, Nikki Glendening, Donna Wixted, Marta Paglioni

Visiting Fellow

Sheila Brooks

The Centre for Qualitative Research (CQR)

 CQR is part of The Faculty of Health & Social Sciences but attracts membership from across faculties at BU. The Centre offers a potential springboard for cross-faculty development with the Media, Business and Science and Technology Faculties and with the Centre for Excellence in Learning (CEL).

CQR members hold editorial board positions on major international qualitative research journals and an impressive list of internationally relevant publications. The Centre remains an internationally recognised resource for knowledge transfer activities and for the alignment of teaching and research. It has increasingly become an interdisciplinary and methodological resource beyond its historical contribution to Health and Social Care studies.

The Centre for Qualitative Research acknowledges a history of achievements and expertise which serve as foci for emerging developments in: Humanising Health and Social Care; Performative Social Science and Arts-led Research; Narrative and Biographic Research; and Novel and Innovative Research including auto-ethnography, poetic inquiry, fiction, and creative use of media including Research as Film.


Twitter: @BUQualitative




Judith Chapman, Andrea Lacey, Liz Norton, Carole Pound, Anne Quinney, Immy Holloway, Sarah Collard, Michele Board, Sheila Brooks, Caroline Ellis-Hill (Deputy Director), Kip Jones (Director), Catherine Hennessey (Visiting Professor), Karen Rees, Karen Cooper, Maria (Camila) Devis-Rozental, Wendy Cutts, Jo Thurston, Jenny Hall.


Lorraine Brown, Trevor Hearing (Media), Lee-Ann Fenge, Clare Cutler, Jen Leamon, Janet Scammell, Jonathan Parker, Jane Fry, Nicky Glendenning, Vanessa Heaslip,  Mark Readman (Media), Sarah Crabtree Parker, Ben Hicks, Maggie Hutchings, Andy Mercer, Jill Phillips, Lynn Rutter, Carly Stewart, Emma Kavanaugh


Clare Gordon, Peter Wolfensberger, Kathleen Vandenberghe, Louise Oliver, Elizabeth Gauntlett, Mevalyn Cross, Mananya Podee, Chantel Cox, Katy Baldock, Sharon Waight, Paul Leal, Helen Ribchester, Elizabeth Waithaka

Centre for Midwifery, Maternal and Perinatal Health (CMMPH)

CMMPH focuses on research in midwifery, maternal and perinatal care. Academic researchers associated with the group employ a wide spectrum of research approaches, ranging from qualitative to quantitative research and from mixed-methods studies to systematic reviews. They also cover a range of different topics, with studies undertaken locally in Dorset and the South of England, nationally across the UK, and internationally as far afield as Afghanistan, Nepal, Pakistan and the USA. We currently have 21 doctoral students working on a wide variety of projects both local and international.

Research focuses on the following broad areas

  • Improving maternal outcomes in low and middle income countries
    1. Early labour
    2. Maternal health and the media
  • Breastfeeding
  • Midwifery professional and maternal education
  • Other clinical studies

Current Members

Edwin van Teijlingen (Head), Sue Way (Deputy), Catherine Angell, Luisa Cescutti-Butler, Simon Dyall, Sarah Emberley, Jane Fry, Vanora Hundley, Denyse King, Jen Leamon, Lesley Milne, Sara Stride, Alison Taylor, Fotini Tsofliou, Carol Wilkins, Pramod Regmi, Juliet Wood.

 Associate Members

Ann Luce, Andrew Mayers (Sci-tech).


Dana Colbourne (staff), Rebecca Cousins, Liz Davey (staff), Hannah Haydock, Debbee Houghton (staff), Rie Inomata, Michelle Iriving, Alice Ladur, Preeti Mahato, Susan Mant (staff), Amy Miller, Dominique Mylod, Isabell Nessell, Stella Rawnson (staff), Layla Toomer, Daisy Wiggins (staff), Donna Wixted, Iro Arvanitidou, Charlotte Clayton.

Visiting Faculty

Jo Alexander, Debra Bick, Sheena Byrom, Suzanne Cunningham, Jillian Ireland, Minesh Khashu, Gwyneth Lewis, Paul Lewis, Ans Luyben, Wendy Marsh, Zoe Matthews, Emma Pitchforth, Samridhi Pradhan, Kath Ryan, Brijesh Sathian, Rob Sawdy, Bibha Simkhada, Padam Simkhada, Mandy Forrester.