• A Research Portfolio: Transformational change by nursing, midwifery and care staff across health and care.

      Finnegan, Alan; Aitkenhead, Susan; NHS England & NHS Improvement
      It is widely accepted that nursing research is paramount to help address the challenges facing the international nursing workforce in caring for a growing and ageing population. Nursing, midwifery and care staff make up the largest proportion of the workforce across the NHS. In the UK, there are over 693,000 registered nurses and midwives (Nursing and Midwifery Council, 2018), all striving to prevent and tackle health inequalities and improve the care experience for patients, individuals and populations. The role that nursing, midwifery and care staff play should not be underestimated and specifically in this editorial, we describe a new research portfolio which signposts to examples of nursing, midwifery and care staff led research to demonstrate the significant academic contribution of these professions to transformational change across the health and care system. The Research Portfolio (NHS England, 2019a) showcases examples of research studies that demonstrate leadership in research and practice, all aligned to the key priorities outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan (LTP) (NHS England, 2019b). Evidence underpins so much of what we do and there is a huge opportunity to quantifiably demonstrate the contribution staff bring to the LTP, harnessing intelligence in closing gaps and addressing unwarranted variation in health and care.