Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Professions
Our Research Lead

Dr Anne-Marie Russell is the Research Lead for the Academy of Nursing.

A NIHR 70@70 Senior Research Fellow, Anne-Marie works with clinical-academics in the newly established Embedding Research in Care (ERIC) unit in the Respiratory Division at Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust.

She has extensive experience and expertise of mixed methods’ research and patient centred approaches. Anne-Marie collaborates internationally on clinical research initiatives in Interstitial Lung Diseases.

Academy of Nursing Research

Our Research

Our Research

The Academy of Nursing aspires to be a leading centre for clinical research which positively impacts individual, families and communities and pedagogical research which optimises learning experiences We will support you through internships to pre doctoral fellowship and doctoral study to post-doctoral fellowship. We are building an academy where nurse-led research will flourish. If you want to join us on this journey and have a research idea, talk to us.

Active Research

AI and Regulatory Decision-Making

Professor Ann Gallagher is working with Robert Jago (PI) and Anna van der Gaag (Royal Holloway University of London) and Zubin Austin (University of Toronto) on a ground-breaking project - ‘An investigation into the potential of artificial intelligence to support regulatory decision-making in complaints about nurses in the US, UK and Australia’ –to determine the potential of AI to assist with fitness to practise decision-making.

The project is funded by the NCSBN Center for Regulatory Excellence and reports in 2021.

The Future of Ageing

Professor Ann Gallagher is a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics working group on an in-depth inquiry on ‘The Future of Ageing’


Academy of Nursing team members, Dr Anne-Marie Russell, Dr Holly Sugg, Susannah Tooze and Leila Morgan are working with Professor Dave Richards (PI) on a trial which evaluates the impact of a combination of specific nursing interventions on patient experience. The trial will be completed in summer 2021. Click here to read more about the study.

Past Research

ESSENCE: Amalgamating Marginal Gains in ESSEntial Nursing CarE

The aim of the ESSENCE programme was 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. In our intervention nurses will deliver care within a successful model used in elite sport and health services organisational change that tries to achieve a small margin of improvement in all possible areas that could lead to better outcomes, then amalgamating these ‘Marginal Gains’.

Richards DA (2015). Complex interventions and the amalgamation of marginal gains: a way forward for understanding and researching essential nursing care?International Journal of Nursing Studies, 52(7), 1143-1145.