Excellence in Nursing and Allied Health Care

Making a vital difference to the health of our nation.

Brookes needs your support to develop and sustain a centre of research excellence.

The Oxford Institute of Nursing and Allied Health Research (OxINAHR) is conducting world-class research to promote patient safety and wellbeing to enhance health equity and social justice and to promote health workforce resilience and sustainability.

The knowledge the Institute generates will help to address the urgent health challenges facing the region and wider society, will underpin our professional education programmes and will enable our nurses and allied health professionals to develop new knowledge that will contribute to the care of the patients and communities they serve.

Our progress so far

Brookes is renowned for its high quality education of nurses and allied health professionals. It has a growing reputation for its health related research, attracting internationally recognised researchers to our staff, and we are keen to take this to the next step – increasing our capacity for world-class research in nursing and allied health and securing sustainability.

The Institute has been established in collaboration with our NHS Academic Health Science Centre partners, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, Health Education England Thames Valley and Oxford University.

At its heart lies the belief that quality healthcare is a basic human right and that developing the highest quality nursing and allied health research programmes with our NHS partners will enhance our ability to have a direct impact on the care and treatment of those facing health challenges.

Our ambitions

With your help we will be able to continue the development of a centre of excellence for nursing and allied health research and, more importantly, ensure its sustainability so that we can undertake long term research projects. The Institute will have three key research themes:

  1. research that provides evidence to help nurses and allied health meet the demands of a better-informed public, focusing on patient safety and taking a holistic view of health that embraces mental and emotional wellbeing.

  2. research that helps us to understand the characteristics of a strong and resilient nursing and allied health professional workforce capable of meeting their patients’ needs and adapting to the challenges of fast-moving health care systems.

  3. research that enhances health equity and social justice, to reduce health disparities that negatively affect health and illness and associated with factors such as poverty, environment, race/ethnicity, disability and lack of access to health care.  

These expanded research activities will also enhance the learning of our students - tomorrow’s nurses and health professionals - giving them access to globally renowned research active staff, influential research projects and rich placement opportunities. It will help them develop to their full potential, equipping them with the knowledge and confidence to represent their profession at every level of the health system.

How you can help

If you are motivated to help us deliver life-saving and life enhancing research, donations of all sizes will help to make this a reality. By supporting our Health Fund, your gift will make a difference to the health of our community and our nurses who deliver such valuable services.

Further details

Visit http://www.oxinahr.com/ to learn more about OxINAHR's work.

Case study

I am delighted that the faculty has reached a stage where it can make a step-change in investment and support for nursing and allied health professional research. We have been working hard to grow our research capacity in these areas and the Institute will provide a hub for that work and a centre of excellence. It also provides a focus for our NHS partners to engage in academic activity in collaboration with the faculty and this will provide opportunities for research which has a direct impact upon patient care.

Professor June Girvin, Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences