Clinical School

The Clinical School is a partnership between the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust and Plymouth University that aims to grow and nurture clinically-focused nursing and midwifery research, in order to enhance patient care and optimise the patient’s experience of our care.

The Aims of the Clinical School

Our overarching aims are to:

  • Grow and nurture clinically focused nursing and midwifery research;
  • Increase evidence based practice activity, enhancing the translation of evidence into practice for all levels of the nursing and midwifery workforce including healthcare support workers;
  • Strengthen the position of the patient as the focal point for care – putting the patient at the heart of the Clinical School’s activity.

The Clinical School aims to be:

  • A centre of excellence in research related to patient benefit / patient experience improvement
  • A conduit for:
    • the alumni research scheme;
    • hospital funded nursing and midwifery scholarships;
    • doctoral candidates conducting clinical research;
    • masters students undertaking Clinical School targeted dissertations;
    • hosted international visitors / visiting scholars;
    • developing research interest groups;
    • developing and delivering programmes and seminars with clinicians to support EBP and expose all students to nursing expertise, for example through ‘grand rounds’;
    • the dissemination of nursing research findings;
  • The centre for ‘novice to expert’ researcher mentorship; research grant sourcing and application support and submission, complementing existing resources including Research, Development and Innovation.

Our activities will link closely with key healthcare and professional agendas including:

Why develop the Clinical School concept?

Today, the clinical and academic worlds predominantly collaborate for training and education purposes for student nurses and midwives. Non-medical research, such as that led by nursing and midwifery, is relatively underdeveloped.

Recent developments, such as the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) and the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Healthcare research and Care (CLAHRC), have provided some stimulus for research and development, and the National Institute for Health Research’s Research Design Service (RDS) successfully works across both organisations to support clinically focused research.

The Clinical School is here to grow workforce confidence, competence and capability by increasing the opportunities for nursing and midwifery clinicians to collaborate and participate in non-randomised control trial research.

Shaping the future

The Clinical School Network (including Clinical Schools in Exeter, Plymouth and Taunton) are a growing example of collaborative working, providing real patient benefits at all stages of their care journey. This Network enables the development of vibrant research programmes, connected to the existing successful clinical research in these Trusts, and creates a coherent academic backdrop for staff and student alike.

Opportunities to share and develop your research and innovation ideas

The RCHT Clinical School continues to explore opportunities for staff to share and develop their research and innovation ideas, as well as help people with their potential academic career developments.

Drop-in sessions

We hold regular monthly ‘drop-in-sessions’ for nursing and midwifery staff to meet the School’s leads. These are advertised in the One+All Daily Staff Bulletin and held on the first Thursday of the month from 12pm to 2pm in The Ingredients Restaurant at the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

2017 Dates

  • 5th January
  • 2nd February
  • 2nd March
  • 6th April
  • 4th May
  • 1st June
  • 6th July
  • 3rd August
  • 7th September
  • 5th October
  • 2nd November
  • 7th December

You can also email any ideas you have to

Knowledge to Action Framework

The Knowledge to Action (KTA) Framework takes knowledge and ‘funnels’ it to be useful, understandable and applicable to deliver practice (this is the inside of the diagram).

The “Action Cycle” (the outside of the diagram) is the process by which knowledge is implemented. It represents phases of activities that, according to planned-action theories, are needed for knowledge to be applied in real world setting applications and achieve behaviour/practice change.

It begins with the identification of the knowledge-to-action gaps (knowledge needs) and progresses through a series of phases until we achieve continued implementation of evidence over time.

Supporting resources

  • More details on the KTA Cycle
  • Implementation Science is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal that aims to publish research relevant to the scientific study of methods to promote the uptake of research findings into routine healthcare in clinical, organisational or policy contexts.
Books available from Truro Health Library
  • Knowledge translation in health care: moving from evidence to practice. Edited by Sharon E. Straus, Jacqueline Tetroe, Ian D. Graham (2009), Click here for availability

Writing for Publication

The RCHT Clinical School is committed to supporting Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals in sharing good practice and new clinical development through writing for publication. In 2014, RCHT Nurses and Midwives wrote and contributed to 13 publications.

If you are thinking of writing for publication, we’d encourage you to come and meet the clinical school leads at one of the Clinical School’s Drop-in Sessions – you’ll find details of these in the previous toggle.

You can also find information about writing for publication in the following links to author guidelines and information from the main nursing journals: