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“Aiming to be a world-leading centre for research and development in person-centred practice with a focus on innovative new knowledge in nursing and healthcare.”

Research themes
Research themes

The Centre has an interdisciplinary research and development focus that is leading edge. We have a focus on doing research that ‘humanises healthcare’ by keeping the person at the centre of care, as well as promoting new methodologies for person-centred research and that influence international developments in this field. Ultimately, our research work aims to enhance people’s experiences of care and wellbeing, making a difference to people’s lives locally, nationally and internationally.

Our aims are to:

• Build on our existing strengths to create a programme of interdisciplinary research and development that is leading edge, innovative and coherent with person-centred values and principles

• Be recognised as a world leader in the generation of new knowledge that ‘humanises healthcare’ ands transforms teaching and learning about healthcare

• Lead the development of new methodologies for undertaking person-centred research

• Influence international developments in this field

• Be at the forefront of developments in caring sciences and new models of care delivery that keep the person at the centre

• Have global impact on the way that nursing and healthcare services are delivered

• Continue to grow a community of academics and scholars who are committed to person centredness and person-centred research and who themselves will have global impact.

We continuously seek to develop a wide range of collaborations and warmly welcome approaches from individuals and groups who would like to find out more about our research and see potential in us working together.

We have four pillars of research. Central to these is ensuring that our research impacts on the way nursing and healthcare services are delivered and in particular, on the lives of those delivering and receiving care.

Our four pillars of research:

  • Experiences of person-centredness

  • Person-centred interventions

  • Person-centred cultures

  • Person-centred curriculum

Capacity and capability building for the longer term within our research field is an important focus for our work as we continue to nurture academics and scholars who are committed to person-centredness and person-centred research and who themselves will have global impact. As part of this we have two related, thriving communities: The International Community of Practice (ICoP) and the Doctoral Student ICoP (SICoP) all connected through at least one of the four pillars of person-centredness.

Our Impact

Multiple aspects of our research and scholarship are drawn on and implemented in different services, healthcare organisations and universities around the world. Our impact plan captures a range of evidence across different international contexts to show the longer-term effects of our research and scholarship.

We are highly committed to knowledge exchange and Centre members are at the forefront of developments in this field in healthcare through models of ‘implementation science’. We are continuing to build on this expertise and formalise it wherever possible through KTPs and other sources of partnership funding.

We expect our impact to feature in improved care/learning and work environments, more effective team working, enhanced patient experience and in workplace cultural advances, as well as the creation and application of government and other stakeholder policy.

Centre Publications


Cutler, N.A., Sim, J., Halcomb, E., Stephens, M. and Moxham, L. (2021). 

Understanding how personhood impacts consumers’ feelings of safety in acute mental health units: a qualitative study. Int. J. Mental Health Nurs., 30: 479-486

Tuohy, D., Fahy, A., O'Doherty, J., Meskell, P., O'Reilly, P., O'Brien, B., Murphy, J., Doody, O., Graham, M., Barry, L., Kiely, M., O'Keeffe, J., Dewing, J., Lang, D. and Coffey, A. (2021).

Towards the development of a national patient transfer document between residential and acute care—A pilot study. Int J Older People Nurs e12374.

Haire, N., & MacDonald, R. (2021).

Understanding how humour enables contact in music therapy relationships with persons living with dementia: A phenomenological arts-based reflexive study. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 74, 101784. 

Downs M, Blighe A, Carpenter R, Feast A, Froggatt K, Gordon S, Hunter R, Jones L, Lago N, McCormack B, Marston L, Nurock S, Panca M, Permain H, Powell C, Rait G, Robinson L, Woodward-Carlton B, Wood J, Young J & Sampson E.

A complex intervention to reduce avoidable hospital admissions in nursing homes: a research programme including the BHiRCH-NH pilot cluster RCT.


Tsiris G and Kalliodi C

Music therapy in Greece and its applications in dementia and end-of-life care. (Approaches: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Music Therapy,

Williams, Brian; Hibberd, Carina; Baldie, Deborah; Duncan, Edward A. S.; Elders, Andrew; Maxwell, Margaret; Rattray, Janice E.; Cowie, Julie; Strachan, Heather; Jones, Martyn C.

Evaluation of the impact of an augmented model of The Productive Ward: Releasing Time to Care on staff and patient outcomes: A naturalistic stepped-wedge trial. (BMJ, 2020-03-26).

Beveridge, Joanna; Pentland, Duncan.

A mapping review of models of practice education in allied health and social care professions. (SAGE, 2020-03-03).

Klancnik Gruden, Maja; Turk, Eva; McCormack, Brendan; Stiglic, Gregor.

Impact of person-centered interventions on patient outcomes in acute care settings: A systematic review. (Wolters Kluwer, 2020-02-05).

Challenging and redesigning a new model to explain intention to leave nursing.

Slater, Paul; Roos, Mervi; Eskola, Suvi; McCormack, Brendan; Hahtela, Nina; Kurjenluoma, Kaisa; Suominen, Tarja (Nordic College of Caring Science, 2020-06-25)


Being conductor of the orchestra: An exploration of district nursing leadership.

Dickson, Caroline; McVittie, Chris; Smith, Margaret Coulter (Mark Allen, 2020-05-07)

Acceptability and use of a patient-held communication tool for people living with dementia: A longitudinal qualitative study.

Leavey, Gerard; Corry, Dagmar; Waterhouse-Bradley, Bethany; Curran, Emma; Todd, Stephen; McIlfatrick, Sonja; Coates, Vivien; Watson, Max; Abbott, Aine; McCrory, Bernadine; McCormack, Brendan (BMJ, 2020-05-05)


Perceived challenges in delivering comprehensive care for patients following stroke: A qualitative study of stroke care providers in Guangdong Province, China.

Wu, Chanchan; Zou, Guanyang; Chen, Minjie; Wan, Lihong; Kielmann, Karina; McCormack, Brendan (Taylor & Francis, 2020-04-28)

Rosser, Elizabeth, Liz Westcott, Parveen A. Ali, Joanne Bosanquet, Enrique Castro‐Sanchez, Jan Dewing, Brendan McCormack, Joy Merrell, and Gary Witham.

The Need for Visible Nursing Leadership During COVID‐19. Journal of Nursing Scholarship.

Teeling SP, Dewing J, Baldie D.

A Discussion of the Synergy and Divergence between Lean Six Sigma and Person-Centred Improvement Sciences. International Journal of Research in Nursing 2020, Volume 11.

Hardiman M, Connolly M, Hanley S, Kirrane J, O’Neill W.

Designing and implementing an electronic nursing record to support compassionate and person-centred nursing practice in an acute hospital using practice development processes. Journal of Research in Nursing 2020, Vol. 25(3) 241–253.

Wilson V, Dewing J, Cardiff S, Mekki TE, Oye C, McCance T.

A person-centred observational tool: devising the Workplace Culture Critical Analysis Tool®. International Journal of Practice Development 10  article 3.

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This is a list of CPcPR publications from 2020. For a list of our publications from previous years,

please click here to go to the archive page.

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