Division of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work

Organisation profile


The Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work is recognised for delivering world-class teaching and research across nursing, midwifery, social work and related disciplines. We currently provide undergraduate and postgraduate education to more than 2,000 students in close partnership with the NHS and are among the top ten universities in the world at which to study nursing (QS World University Rankings 2016).

We also play an active part in the Be A Greater Manchester Nurse initiative, which promotes nursing as a profession and Greater Manchester as the place to train.

Our research excellence was recognised by the results of REF 2014 and is underpinned by the production of collaborative, high-quality and impactful research which aims to improve health and social care at local, national and international levels.

Our research

We have a worldwide reputation for high-quality research in nursing, midwifery and social work, including extensive national and international collaboration with a wide range of partners.

Our research activity is undertaken by nine research groups, each focusing on a speciality area.

Digital health and social care

The use of digital technologies, such as video consultations, mobile phone apps and ways of monitoring peoples’ symptoms at home are becoming common across health and social care.

We are a multidisciplinary group that carries out research exploring the use of these technologies in health and social care settings. 

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Dementia and ageing

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We undertake interdisciplinary research and exploration of the everyday experiences of people living with dementia and their care partners.

We find ways to use those perspectives to transform, shape and lead our work.

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Healthy ageing

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We undertake high-quality research into older adults with an emphasis on healthy and active ageing so to ensure the promotion of good health and active participation in society.

Our research activities engage both the public and patients, and our work demonstrates change in policy and practice for older people at a local, national and international level.

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Mental health

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We undertake and disseminate high-quality national and international, interdisciplinary mental health research that both influences and is responsive to contemporary mental health policy, practice and education.

Our research is informed by psychosocial models of mental health, particularly cognitive and behavioural approaches.

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Social research with Deaf people

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We work with the Deaf community and other stakeholders to promote the wellbeing of d/Deaf individuals, families and communities across the life course through high-quality, multidisciplinary applied social research.

As a team of Deaf and hearing researchers, we are committed to creating partnerships that acknowledge and value d/Deaf people's experiences, inform service providers and policy makers, and builds bridges between all stakeholders to promote the quality of life and citizenship rights of d/Deaf peoples.

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Supportive and palliative care

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We undertake high-quality, national and international research to improve the quality of life, physical and psychological wellbeing of and support for patients and family carers within supportive and palliative care (including cancer and non-malignant disease).

We do this particularly in relation to enabling patients to be supported at home in the final stages of life, timely and equitable access to palliative care, self-management of symptoms and maintenance of psychological and physical wellbeing.

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We research wounds and their associated complications using a range of innovative methodologies, generating evidence to improve outcomes for those affected.

We work with multiple partners to investigate the cause of wounds, the experience of living with and treating wounds and how best to deliver clinically and cost effective wound prevention and treatment.

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Head of Division

Professor Hilary Mairs

Our researchers

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Anne Kerr, PA to the Head of Division
email: anne.kerr@manchester.ac.uk

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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