House of Lords written question – answered on 16th December 2014.

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Photo of Lord Willis of Knaresborough Lord Willis of Knaresborough Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the National Research Unit for Nursing was disbanded; and which organisation was given responsibility for collecting statistics concerning the nursing profession.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Department’s Policy Research Programme (PRP) funds research in three main ways:

- long term programmes of research in academic policy research units, designed to meet the longer-term research needs of the Department as well as to provide a rapid response function;- large-scale initiatives, comprising linked groups of studies, providing a range of empirical evidence on a key policy area or issue; and- single projects and literature or scoping reviews.

A PRP contract with the National Nursing Research Unit at King’s College London ended in December 2012. This funded a programme of policy-relevant nursing research including research based on analysis of new and existing datasets. The PRP does not currently fund research units in any specific health professions. The PRP will continue to fund new high quality research into policy and practice in nursing or other health professions using its policy research units and programme or other mechanisms as necessary. Details of research units and other research funded by the PRP is available on the website of the PRP Central Commissioning Facility:

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