The Care Sciences Research Unit incorporates a number of themes, with established and emerging programmes of research. These are:
Clinical effectiveness and related service delivery is a core strand of this research with disaster relief health care as developing area of interest.
Work includes research projects on primary care, health promotion, community health and community dentistry.
The mental health team has a specific interest in forensic mental health and stress and works closely with the 'Violence and healthcare’ group.
Researchers in this field have a long-standing interest in issues around health professional education, such as student support and links with attrition. A £2.75m investment into the Clinical Simulation Centre is bringing a strong focus on simulation technologies in health professional education. The Centre (opened 2006) houses a range of equipment from anatomical models to a full-scale hospital ward environment sufficiently adaptable to provide clinical training for Territorial Army field hospital personnel. Its authenticity is evidenced in the suite being approved as a clinical placement and data collection is embedded, networked and archived for research purposes.
Although the adoption of robust and innovative research methodologies is a feature across the work of CRICS, this group has a particular interest on methods and measurement.
Along with Mental Health and Learning Disability, the Family Care group shares a research strand of enquiry into the contribution of nurses and midwives to the health and social well-being of vulnerable groups. Child and adolescent mental health is a shared interest. Family therapy and psychotherapy are also established areas of interest, and there are further areas that focus on the well-being of women and children. One particular interest is in the prevention of pressure ulcers in children.