School of Health Sciences

HAWN Training: Online package to support health and wellbeing in nurses and midwives


Researchers from the School of Health Sciences have developed an online package promoting health and wellbeing in nurses and midwives called HAWN Training. This online professional development tool is all about maintaining mental and physical wellbeing during work as a nurse or midwife, in particular for those working shifts. 

The project was designed and led by Dr Holly Blake, in collaboration with Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) NHS Trust. As principle investigator, Holly received funding for the project from the Burdett Trust for Nursing, and later secured an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Impact Acceleration Award to support implementation of the tool in practice. 

One aim of the project was to develop research capacity in a number of early career researchers across NUH Trust and the University of Nottingham. Emily Gartshore was employed on the project as an early career nurse researcher, working on the development and evaluation of this online intervention. Other early career researchers contributing to the project include Lydia Briggs, Hannah Turnbull, Anirban Banerjee, Suhathai Tosangwarn, and Basharat Hussain. 

This work supports the Digital Innovations for Health and Care research theme in the School. It is part of a wider programme of research around NHS staff health and wellbeing, which has contributed to NUH Trust becoming an exemplar for staff wellbeing

Findings of the HAWN evaluation will shortly be published in the British Journal of Nursing by Emily Gartshore, Lydia Briggs and Holly Blake. For more information about HAWN Training, please contact nurse researcher Emily Gartshore or the project lead Dr Holly Blake.

Posted on Tuesday 31st October 2017

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