College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare

The Richard Wells Research Centre

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The Richard Wells Research Centre, based at the University of West London, conducts an active programme of research focusing on improving patient safety. The Centre conducts primary research, undertakes guideline development and review and, through its work as an internationally accredited centre for evidence-based practice, carries out comprehensive systematic reviews.

Our particular areas of expertise are:

  • Patient Safety and Infection
  • Mental Health
  • Midwifery and Family Health
  • Learning Disability

We form local, national and international multi-professional collaborative research and teaching networks with a variety of agencies, institutions, professional organisations and healthcare providers. We work with clinicians, academics, learned societies and the public to undertake, and advise on, research and educational initiatives.

The Centre is directed by Professor Heather Loveday and incorporates the Joanna Briggs Collaborating Centre for Evidence-Based Healthcare.

November 2016 - NEWS

Elizabeth Barley, Professor in Health and Wellbeing at UWL's College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare, has been awarded £20k by the General Nursing Council Trust (GNC) for a research project on Mental Healthcare.

The research project will aim to develop an intervention to help Mental Health nurses reduce the use of restrictive practices.

Restrictive practices is defined as ‘making someone do something they don’t want to do or stopping someone doing something they want to do’ and includes interventions such as physical restraint or seclusion, but also simple acts such as only allowing cups of tea at certain times or restrictions regarding leave. Restrictive practices are considered to be over-used in mental healthcare; which leads to physical harm and mental distress in patients and their families.

Professor Barley will be working with Louise Clark, a Nurse Consultant at West London Mental Health Trust, on the project, which is titled Improving patient experience of mental healthcare by minimising restrictive practices: a mixed methods study.

The project will define the essential elements of an intervention to minimise restrictive practices, test its feasibility and acceptability and will conclude by developing a standardised intervention and implementation guidelines informed by current practice and patient experience.

Core Staff

Prof Heather Loveday
Dr Jennie Wilson
Professor Elizabeth Barley
Alison Tingle
Dr Rowan Myron
Professor Bob Gates
Dr Kay Mafuba
Aggie Bak
Carolynn Greene

Associated Staff

Deebs Canning
Dr Swapna Williamson
Dr Maddie Ohl
Dr Siobhan Lynam
Tina South
Ramona Minette

Our Centre is named after Richard Wells, one of the most outstanding UK nursing leaders of the past who continues to inspire us today.

A brief biography of Richard’s long and distinguished career can be found here.

Contact us

Julitta Iranek-Osmecka - Email.
College Administrator - Research and Enterprise
+44 (0)20 8209 4145

Richard Wells Research Centre
College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare
The University of West London
Paragon House
Boston Manor Road
Brentford, Middlesex
TW8 9GA
United Kingdom

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