Barnsley Hospital’s Research and Development department are to embark on a six month research project looking into the information and communication needs of patients, family and staff in the Emergency Department, after obtaining a funding grant from The General Nursing Council Trust.

Researcher Dr Joanna Blackburn and Head of Research and Development Emma Goodwin coordinated the application for the successful funding which now ensures that the Trust can investigate the needs and wants of patients attending the ED, in an attempt to improve the patient’s experience.

The research idea was initiated by ED staff nurse Keeley Clayden, who undertook a clinical placement in the R&D department whilst seconded to study for a BSc in Adult Nursing from the Open University.

Emma Goodwin said: “It’s been fantastic for Keeley to come in to the department like this and make such an impact. We are always welcoming of new people with new ideas and our breakthrough with receiving the grant owes a lot to the collective skill in submitting our bid for the grant.

“We take patients wants and needs very seriously and we hope that this research project will improve the experiences of patients in our care.”