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Centre for Critical Research in Nursing and Midwifery

The Centre for Critical Research in Nursing and Midwifery (CCRNM) draws together researchers in nursing and midwifery within the School of Health and Education.

CCRNM defines 'critical' as research approaches that challenge accepted norms, with the goal of exposing structures of power and domination.  Our research seeks to understand, uncover, illuminate and transform nursing and midwifery practice.

CCRNM Mission

The Centre's mission is to become a prominent centre for influencing nursing and midwifery practice within today's NHS environment and beyond.

Our aims are to facilitate, co-ordinate and conduct high quality critical research in partnership with academic colleagues, healthcare providers, commissioners and other centres of excellence.

Key Research Themes

  • Critical Pedagogy in Nursing and Midwifery
  • Women's Reproductive Health
  • Mental Health and Midwifery
  • Critical Nursing Policy
  • Nursing and Midwifery Practice and Education
  • The Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare Workforce
  • Primary and Community Health
  • Volunteerism

Doctoral Study

CCRNM provides a supportive and creative environment for doctoral research and welcomes applications for PhD and the Doctorate in Professional Studies (DProf) programmes. CCRNM currently supervises a range of part time and full time UK and international doctoral students

While we particularly welcome applications within the Centre's research themes, we will consider a wide range of doctoral projects within nursing and midwifery.

Collaborative Working

Researchers within CCRNM have well-established and mutually beneficial relationships with local and national NHS Trusts, Health Education England, North Central and East London, NHSE and other health and social care organisations and voluntary groups. We also work closely on collaborative research projects with international partners including: the University of Ghana, Health and Social Services Department (HSSD) Guernsey; Flinders University, Australia; Auckland University of Technology; New Zealand; University of Barcelona, Spain and the University of Southern Denmark.

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