Explore our research

Explore some of the many highlights of our research below.

Professor David Richards's research is in applied health, making lives better for people with health conditions, principally depression.

The aim of ESSEnCE is to develop and test a nursing intervention that focuses on the ‘essentials of nursing care’, focusing on communication, eating and drinking, elimination, mobility and hygiene for hospital patients. 

NIHR PenCLAHRC undertakes high-quality applied health research focused on the needs of patients and supports the translation of research evidence into practice in the NHS.

University of Exeter Academy of Nursing

Welcome from David Richards, Professor of Mental Health Services Research

"Welcome to this page of information and links about the University of Exeter. Our University is a research intensive top ten UK University, a member of the Russell Group and a top university globally. We have existing high calibre academic programmes, with national profile and with international reach. We produce graduates much sought after by health sector and other employers. Our scholars and partners work at the leading edge of clinically embedded health care research, improving patient care and outcomes.

"We are extending the reach of our healthcare professional training by creating a new University of Exeter Academy of Nursing. By creating this Academy, the University will not only contribute to meeting the needs of our health care delivery partners regionally, but also provide a model for excellence in nursing education globally. As a nurse myself for over 30 years, I have an absolute belief that our Exeter Academy nurses will stand tall among the best in the world.

"Our students will be educated in a programme consistent with the University’s values. We will stress health system leadership, clinical skills, compassion, research competence, patient and public involvement, multi-professional working and international competitiveness, coupled with the clear recognition that nursing needs to change now in order to cope with increased numbers of older people with complex needs requiring community, home and social care. Our courses will meld the best of the technical competence orientation of international nurse education programmes, with the compassionate care and a fundamentals of nursing care focus from the UK.

"I hope you find this vision as inspiring as I do."

David Richards, PhD, PhDhc, BSc(hons), RN

Director of the University of Exeter Academy of Nursing
Professor of Mental Health Services Research and NIHR Senior Investigator

Working here

This is a unique career defining opportunity to join the University of Exeter as we extend the reach of our healthcare professional training with the launch and ongoing development of our new Exeter Academy of Nursing.

Video - our research

Professor Maggie Shepherd's research focuses on ensuring patients have a correct diabetes diagnosis and that these findings are translated into clinical care.