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Collaborations

International collaborators

Buskerud University College Norway

The Institute for research in mental health and substance abuse is a part of The Department of Health Sciences, Buskerud University College, Drammen, Norway. Our mission is to develop a creative and supportive environment in which researchers can engage in research with involvement of and contacts with services users and mental health/social service practitioners.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Department of Nursing and Applied Clinical Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University. The Faculty of Health and Social Care at Canterbury Christ Church University, offers a diverse portfolio of educational programmes from Foundation Degree to PhD. Working closely with stakeholders in a range of private, voluntary and public sectors it is actively engaged in both research and knowledge transfer programmes which aim to transforms services, and the lives of the communities they serve.

The England Centre for Practice Development

The Centre aims to transform patient care and services so that are more person-centred, safe and effective at local, national and international levels. Supported by the International Practice Development Collaborative (IPDC), the Centre will work with a network of leading international academics on research to influence government policy and practice in the development of health and social care quality standards. It will also bring together international, collaborative educational projects through the opportunity of e-learning.

University of Technology Sydney

Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Health at the University of Technology Sydney. Practice Development is central to the roles of a number of clinical professors within the Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Health at UTS. Clinical professors work closely with both the health care and university sectors and are well placed to collaborate with clinicians, health care managers, pre and post registration and higher degree students and academics in relation to practicing, theorising and researching Practice Development.
Staff and students of UTS collaborate with several groups and faculties of other universities, and are members of national and international collaborations focusing on transformational Practice Development, person-centred care research and knowledge utilisation/ knowledge transfer groups.

The International Community of Practice for Person-centred Practice (ICOP)
The focus of the ICOP is toestablish a collaboration in order to strengthen a programme of research and practice development between the parties with the intention of advancing knowledge, skills and expertise in person-centred practice, practice development and research (with a particular focus on practitioner research).

The ICoP enables  collaborators to actively participate in the development of collaborative and mutual communities of learning about person-centred practice, person-centred practice development and methodologies for research into person-centredness.  In addition it supports collaborative working between facilitators, lecturers and professors in the development of resource materials, publications and research activities. The collaborators have agreed to particularly focus on:

  • Enhancing expertise in PhD research into person-centredness and related areas through the development of a 'Doctoral-studies Community of Practice' as a specific activity of the International CoP
  • Develop two collaborative initiatives each year that contribute to advancing expertise in person-centred practice research and practice development (such as seminars, conferences, workshops and staff exchanges as agreed mutually)
  • Publish at least one paper each year that profiles the work of the collaborative and that advances knowledge in person-centred practice, practice development and research
  • Collaborate on one research grant application annually that contributes towards advancing knowledge in specific and mutually agreed aspects of person-centred practice and/or practitioner research
  • Create visiting academic positions for members of the collaborative as appropriate

This is the first initiative of its kind with a particular focus on person-centred practice research and it comes at a time when there is an international focus on person-centred practices, systems and processes. The ICOP will address the challenges of developing sustained person-centred cultures, drawing on international evidence and partnerships that can enable a community of critical scholars in the field to emerge.

The All-Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association (AIGNA)

AIGNA is the voice of the older people's nursing sector throughout Ireland. AIGNA represents those involved in all areas of nursing for older adults and promotes healthy ageing and wellbeing through the advancement of excellence in the sector.

AIGNA's aim is to be a national organisation in an international setting, influencing gerontological policy, strategy, research, education and practice at national and European levels.  AIGNA members throughout the island of Ireland advance their knowledge, skills and expertise through networking and information sharing.

Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

The Nursing and Midwifery Planning and Development Unit (North West)


Clinical Partners

Care Circle Ltd

We are a leading Nursing Home Provider in Northern Ireland. We are primarily focused on providing person centred holistic care for those people who live in our Homes. The provision of person centred care is a strategic aim of Care Circle Ltd. To achieve this we have developed strategic relationships with Professor Brendan McCormack, from Ulster University, and are currently undertaking a research project under the guidance of Dr Jan Dewing to enhance person centred care in our organisation. The outcome of this research will drive our future care provision and define how we undertake the care process.

West Park Healthcare Centre.

West Park Healthcare Centre is a 487-bed organisation providing specialized rehabilitation, complex continuing care and long-term care services. Working with patients and their families, we are partners in the often tough and challenging journey from survival to living life to the fullest. Through our programs and services, we help patients on the road to recovery.