Projects: Enduring health needs

This group aims to enhance the quality of life of those with enduring health needs, with particular emphasis on maintaining equality in healthcare by focusing on vulnerable groups such as the elderly and black and ethnic minority groups. A number of conditions requiring long term support have been the subject of research in these areas including urinary disorders, heart disease and diabetes.

Dr Christine Shaw is leading a new research programme following a major innovative investment by the Faculty in the formation of Habren, a venture capital company formed in partnership with a Housing Association. Habren is developing innovative housing solutions for people with dementia and their carers, initially in the local region. As well as providing care services, education and training, the company addresses third mission priorities and will provide enduring programmes of practice based research.

Spirituality is a cross-cutting research theme, led by Dr Linda Ross. A Royal College of Nursing Educational Scholarship enabled Linda Ross to visit Romania to give a paper and lead a workshop at the Romanian Nursing Association Conference in 2005. The Association for the Study of Spirituality, Theology and Health was launched early in 2007 and Linda has been appointed as Secretary. Dr Ross, Nurse Consultant Dr Jackie Austin and Dr WR Williams conduct research into cardiac rehabilitation and heart failure. One current funded project is exploring the spiritual needs and preferences of such patients at end-stage failure.

Dr Roiyah Saltus is developing an emerging research area concerning black and minority ethnic (BME) groups. Building on her scoping study (Saltus 2005) exploring the issues around establishing a BME research network, in 2006 she was awarded Welsh Assembly Government funding to establish the “Wales Equality and Diversity in Health and Social Care Research and Support Service”:http://www.wedhs.org.uk/how%20we%20work/diversity.php. This facility aims to build and deliver high quality research to underpin a health and social care service in Wales that recognises, and provides for, the physical, social and emotional needs of its BME citizens. Publications have already begun to emerge from this work, informing future direction and strategy.