Clinical School

The RCHT Clinical School is a partnership between the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Plymouth. It exists to promote evidence-based practice and to grow and nurture clinically-focused non-medical research that enhances patient care.

The Clinical School’s triple focus centres on:

  • Evidence – promoting evidence-based practice, synthesising existing evidence, and generating new evidence
  • Implementation – delivering evidence-based practice and research, and contributing to the implementation science knowledge base
  • Evaluation – promoting robust audit activity, leading research in practice, and disseminating learning

The Aims of the Clinical School

Our overarching aims are to:

  • grow and nurture clinically focused nursing, midwifery and allied health professional research;
  • increase evidence based practice activity, enhancing the translation of evidence into practice for all levels of the nursing, midwifery and allied health professional 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 RCHT Clinical School is a conduit for a wide range of activities:

  • the University of Plymouth alumni research scheme;
  • various Trust funded scholarships (supported by RCHT Charitable Funds);
  • 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 the Trust’s Research and Development Department.

The Clinical School: Getting Involved

There are many ways staff can get involved with the Clinical School

The Clinical School at the Trust was formed in 2015.

Clinical Partner Affiliation

In 2018 it was awarded Clinical Partner status through University of Plymouth’s JBI Centre of Excellence. This acknowledges the work clinical colleagues, affiliated to the Clinical School, have undertaken in systematic review activities and their commitment share new knowledge and promote evidence based practice activities through workshops and implementation reviews. The Clinical School hosts evidence-based practice seminars throughout the year. Details are promoted through the One+ALL staff bulletin.

Travel Scholarship Awards
  • 2016 – Bowel Cancer 2 Week Wait Specialist Nursing Team
  • 2016 – Nurse-led Paracentesis Service Development Team
  • 2017 – Alcohol Liaison Service

Opportunities to share and develop your evidence-based practice and research ideas

The RCHT Clinical School continues to explore opportunities for staff to get involved with the Clinical School’s activities we offer, as well as help people develop their clinical academic career aspirations.

Monthly drop-in sessions

We hold regular monthly ‘drop-in-sessions’ for non-medical staff to meet the Clinical School’s leadership team. These are advertised in the One+All staff bulletin and always held on:

The first Thursday of the month from 12pm to 2pm in The Ingredients Restaurant on the Royal Cornwall Hospital site – no appointment necessary, just drop in at any time.

Submitting a research idea

Use the online form to submit your ideas, this will be reviewed by the research and development team. You will be contacted by the Clinical Schools’ leaders to follow-up and explore your idea further.

Other drop-ins

We are happy to visit team meetings to promote our work or locally co-ordinated events with a few colleagues to explore their ideas – just get in contact.

Individual meetings with the Clinical School leads

Contact to organise a bespoke meeting to develop and progress your idea.

#400 Word Writing Competition

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. The #400Word writing competitions is judged quarterly by the Healthcare Library team and members of the Clinical School Leadership Group.

Submit you #400Words to
Submission guidelines:

  • Submissions are accepted from RCHT employed nurses, midwives, operating department practitioners, associate practitioners, and allied health professionals (including those with an honorary appointment)
  • Submissions should be in a word document (Arial font size 12 should be used)
  • The word limit is 400 Words – maximum
  • A short, distinct and factual title should be used
  • At the bottom of the entry the name of the author (s), their role titles and department should be stated
  • A total word count for the entry should be noted
  • It is expected that the submission contain references (maximum four)
  • One graph / table can be included, relevant to the content of the submission