The grant – co-funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and the Higher Education Funding Council Wales (HEFCW) – is being awarded to Research Capacity Building Collaboration Wales (rcbcwales) which co-ordinates a programme of health research projects.
The funding will be allocated by rcbcwales to researchers in the nursing, midwifery and allied health professions.
It’s the second phase of funding that’s been awarded to rcbcwales. Eleven fellowships were awarded by rcbcwales between 2005 and 2008 for research projects including ones on Parkinson’s Disease; Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease; kidney transplant rejection and how nurses prepare people for leaving hospital.
Health Minister Edwina Hart said:
I am delighted to announce this new funding.
Enabling health professionals to undertake research into major health conditions will both further understanding of such conditions and improve patient care.
Professor Donna Mead, Dean of the Faculty of Health, Sport and Science at the University of Glamorgan, who heads rcbcwales coordinating centre said:
The announcement of this additional funding illustrates the importance which the Welsh Assembly Government and HEFCW places on ensuring that there are sufficient numbers of nurses, midwives and allied health professionals who are trained in research.
Individuals from these professions provide the largest amount of health care and it is absolutely essential that the evidence base exists to underpin the services which they provide.
The Welsh Assembly Government funding is made through the Wales Office for Research and Development for Health and Social Care (WORD) budget.
The rcbcwales programme is co-ordinated by the University of Glamorgan and is a consortium of Higher Education Institutions across Wales: Bangor University, Cardiff University School of Healthcare Studies, Cardiff University School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies, North East Wales Institute, Swansea University, University of Glamorgan and UWIC.
All funded research projects will focus on optimising health through prevention and early intervention; chronic conditions management; integrated management of complex care; and service organisation and delivery.
21 December 2007