Our Research Projects

  • Current research projects

Transition to a Parenthood Identity: The Effects of Infertility and IVF on Heterosexual Non-Donor Infertile Couples' Experiences of Parenthood


Author: Helen Allan

This paper draws from a study which explored the experiences of the transition to early parenthood in 16 heterosexual non-donor couples and includes a specific consideration of the experiences of men as they navigate this journey.

The paper reports a small study with a relatively homogenous sample recruited from one fertility clinic. Nevertheless as an exploratory study of an under researched topic, we discuss useful insights and ideas for further research with larger and more diverse samples.

Early Pregnancy Study Experiences of couples in early parenthood following successful IVF: an exploratory study

Autumn 2017 - Spring 2019

Purpose of the study: pilot study to test an interview schedule and a questionnaire to measure health and wellbeing in previously infertile couples as they transition to early parenthood  after successful non-donor IVF; and to compare their experiences with those of fertile couples who conceive spontaneously. This study has seen the formation of an interdisciplinary collaborative team which investigates the implications on IVF/ICSI conception and delivery of a baby for couples’ lives in early parenthood.

Prof Helen T Allan
Dr Ginny Mounce (Oxford University)
Prof Olga van den Akker
Prof Lorraine Culley (De Montfort University)
Dr Andrew Symon (Dundee University)

Metaphor use by patients with long-term conditions: a secondary qualitative data analysis

Autumn 2017 - Spring 2019

This is an interdisciplinary study drawing on primary data from 8 different studies undertaken by the authors as PhDs. Most of the authors are jointly sociological researchers and health professionals.

The study explores the use of metaphor by patients with long-term conditions to inform how story telling and metaphors can be understood by health professionals and used to enter the world of patient experience and thus provide person-centred care.

Authors: Lempp, Healey, Allan, Santana-Suarez, Arber, Lawrence, Gillet, Bristowe.

  • Past research projects

Feasibility study to evaluate an evidence-based toolkit designed to support qualified nurses in their delegation and supervision of HCAS.

November 2015 - April 2016

A feasibility study to test the design of an intervention study to evaluate the nurse delegation and supervision tool (NDST) in general medical care of frail elderly patients.

Principal investigator: Professor Helen T Allan (PI) 
Other investigators: Dr Carin Magnusson (University of Surrey)
Dr Kit Tapson and Dr Liang Liu (Middlesex University, CCRNM)
Collaborators: Dr Maggie Davies (West Sussex Hospitals Foundation Trust - Worthing)
Funded by: Burdett Trust for Nursing

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MDX-funded mixed methods study with University of Ghana

September 2015 - September 2016

A project exploring volunteering in the UK and Ghana, its current scope and impact and how positive attitudes toward volunteering can be incorporated into pedagogic practice. The aim of the project is to create a development package to support undergraduate nursing students on their programmes, include volunteering in everyday life, and assist academic staff in incorporating volunteerism into their nursing programmes.

Collaborators: Professor Sue Dyson, Professor Olga van den Akker, Dr Sheila Cunningham, Dr Liang 
Liu (Middlesex University)
University of Ghana
Funded by: Middlesex University: Department of Adult, Child and Midwifery Research and Knowledge
Transfer Incentives Monies

Development and preliminary evaluation of an intervention package to support parents of excessively crying infants

November 2014 - November 2016

This research was a first step in developing and evaluating new evidence-based NHS services to support parents whose babies cry for prolonged amounts of time. It aimed to find out whether a large-scale study is justified.

Principal investigator: Professor Ian St James-Roberts
Other investigators: Professor Stephen Morris (University College London) 
Dr Rosemary Garratt (De Montfort University)
Professor Sue Dyson (Middlesex University)  
Ms Nicy Turney (Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust)

Ms Christine Buzzard (Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust)
Dr Elaine Boyle (University of Leicester)
Ms Rachel Plachcinski (National Childbirth Trust)
Ms Sally Rudge (Consultant Clinical Psychologist)
Mr Charles Owen (Institute of Education)
Mrs Jan Bullen (Chairperson of Cry-sis)
Funded by: NIHR
Collaborating partners include: Middlesex University, De Montfort University, Institute of Education at
University of London, Leicestershire Partnership Trust, Cry-sis

Evaluation of the roll out of the care certificate in Islington Community Education Provider Network

December 2014 - May 2015

A report commissioned by HENCEL and produced on behalf of Middlesex University, School of Health and Education.

Principal investigator: Professor Michael Traynor
Other investigators: Dr Kevin Corbett, Dr Sinead Mehigan
Funded by: Whittington Health and Health Education North Central and East London (HENCEL) 
Funding amount: £34,945

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A realist evaluation of the development of general practice placements for student nurses in north central and east London

January 2015 - April 2015

A report commissioned by Health Education North Central and East London (HENCEL) and produced on behalf of the School of Health and Education, Middlesex University.

Principal investigator: Sinead Mehigan
Other investigators: Kathy Wilson, Anki Odelius, Kevin Corbett, Jacqueline Grove
Funded by: HENCEL

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What do we know about the implementation and effectiveness of the key/ super mentor role? A literature review 

December 2014 - March 2015

Principal investigator: Dr Sinead Mehigan 
Other investigators: Professor Michael Traynor, Kathy Wilson
Funded by: HENCEL

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Scoping the role of the nurse consultant


The project aimed to provide HENCEL with a detailed review of progress of nursing research and development being delivered through the nurse consultant role across north central and east London. We were able to conclude from the project that nurse consultants were created as an occupational position without an initial precise definition of their role. Their numbers and precise remits have therefore developed organically, with no necessary agreed set of activities that define the role.

Principal investigators: Professor Michael Traynor, Professor Sue Dyson
Other investigators: Dr Liang Liu
Funded by: HENCEL

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Education in clinical practice: practice learning, mentorship and supervision 

October 2013 - July 2014

Principal investigator: Kathy Wilson
Other investigators: Professor Michael Traynor, Dr Sinead Mehigan, Oznur Korukcu 
Funded by: HENCEL
Funding amount: £70,000

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