Nursing for long-term health

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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. For some time, nurse colleagues at Bournemouth University 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).

Our research centre is known as N4LTH and brings together academics and practice-based colleagues 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.

The overall aim of the research centre is to contribute to the knowledge base informing the nursing management of long-term health challenges, a rapidly growing aspect of contemporary health care.

Palliative and End of Life care

PhD projects include shared decision-making in advanced pancreatic cancer and exploring end of life care in care homes. A programme of research activity around music therapy and end of life care is on-going. A potential project is being developed with a local hospice.

Nursing leadership and workforce development

Our current programmes of work include improving nurse retention, exploring nurse student transition to registered practice, student preparation for nurse leadership and investigating RN returners. Related PhD projects include an investigation of organisational culture in the provision of nutritional care for older patients.

Humanised care practices to live well with long term health challenges

The nursing department has an established history of developing nursing curricula based on humanising care philosophy as well as associated publications and conference presentations. This is being developed to work with clinical practitioners to consider issues around the management of deteriorating patients.

Evidence-based nurse education

This is the newest theme in the research centre; a programme of activity is being developed


Contact N4LTH:

01202 962751


Research themes:

Our research impacts on theory, education and professional practice and falls under four broad categories:

Palliative care

Nursing leadership and workforce

Humanised care for living well

Evidence-based nurse education






  • Dr Janet Scammell
  • Prof Sam Porter
    Deputy Director and Lead for Palliative Care research theme
  • Dr Sarah Eales
    Lead for Nursing Leadership and Workforce Development research theme
  • Dr Desi Tait
    Lead for Humanised Care for Living Well research theme
  • Lucy Stainer
    Lead for Evidence-based Nurse Education research theme


  • Mark Gagan; Ashley Spriggs;  Sonya Chelvanayagam; Jane Hunt; Karen Cooper; Sarah Keeley; Elizabeth Rosser; Eleanor Jack; Jill Phillips; Martin Hind; Clive Matthews; Ann Bevan; Sue Baron; Clive Andrewes; Ros Joy;  Janet James;  Mariam Vahdaninia; Bernie Edwards; Ian Donaldson; Emma Böckle; Stephen Tee; Claire Uren; Julie Ryden; Amanda Watson; Belinda Humphries; Teresa Burdett; Andy Mercer
  • Anneyce Knight; Peter Thomas; Michele Board; Vanessa Heaslip; Jonny Branney; Sara White; Andy Powell; Heidi Singleton

Associate Members

  • Ejike Ezeh; Adam Spacey; Hilary Walsgrove; Kelsie Fletcher; Gladys Yinusa;  Sue Melling;  Nikki Glendening; Petra Brown; Sharon Waight
    PhD students

Latest news from Nursing for long-term health:

  • Qualitative research collection finished-onto the next stage!

    The team have just finished conducting interviews and focus groups with nurses from Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals. It was very hard to recruit nurses as they were so busy,... »

  • Press release showcasing TRACS

    Tomorrow’s Care published a recent press release about the aims and current work occurring within the TRACS project. It is exciting to see the interest of this project and further... »

  • Launch of Nursing for Long-Term Health

    Nursing for Long-Term Health (N4LH) is one of BU’s newest research centres. The buzz and energy at the team’s inaugural away day at the end of July 2018 was fantastic,... »

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