Nurse researchers are to conduct Britain’s most extensive investigation into patient welfare and the provision of general healthcare.
The Improving Patient Experience of Care (IPEC) study will consult some 6,000 patients and nearly 1,000 nurses and other healthcare workers over a 24-month span.
The study will be carried out with the collaboration of experts from Stirling, Dundee and Glasgow Caledonian universities.
The lead researcher is Brian Williams, director of the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals Research Unit, which has teams based at Stirling and Glasgow Caledonian universities.
Professor Williams said: “There have been a number of major initiatives in recent years designed to help frontline healthcare staff improve the care experience. Our study aims to evaluate whether these initiatives are working for nurses and patients, and importantly, what can be done by the NHS to support staff in improving the care experience.”
The first health authority to take part in the research will be NHS Tayside. Patients on 30 operation and treatment wards will be given a survey during their visit, with a second poll four weeks later. Respondents will be asked questions on several topics, such as the quality of care, the ward experience, pain reduction and welfare.
The poll will also question nurses about their working conditions, opinions on the quality of care and work philosophy.
Professor Martyn Jones of the University of Dundee, who will lead the NHS Tayside research, said that in order for doctors and nurses to provide a high standard of care, a knowledge of working environments is needed.
He added: “This study will capture patient and staff experiences of the effect of these initiatives and identify what works best.”