Peter is a health services researcher and registered nurse whose work addresses important questions about the healthcare workforce, including the costs and consequences of variation in staffing levels and skill mix and approaches to determining staffing requirements. He is co-lead of the Health Work and Systems research group.
He is a National Institute for Health Research Senior Investigator, leads the Health Workforce and Systems theme in the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (Wessex) and is the executive editor of the International Journal of Nursing Studies, the most highly ranked research journal in the field of nursing.
- Health workforce
- Patient safety
Peter's current programme of research explores approaches to determining the 'right' number and type of staff to deliver safe, high quality and effective care. In addition to several NIHR-funded projects exploring links between staffing and patient safety/care quality, he is currently working on the international Magnet4Europe project, exploring the impact of an organisational intervention based on principles derived from the US 'Magnet' programme.
Current and recent projects funded by the NIHR Heath Services and Delivery Research Programme:
- Consequences, costs and cost-effectiveness of different workforce configurations in English acute hospitals
- Safer and more efficient vital signs monitoring to identify the deteriorating patient
- Identifying nurse-staffing requirements using the Safer Nursing Care Tool
- Nurse staffing levels, missed vital signs observations and mortality in hospital wards
- Creating Learning Environments for Compassionate Care (CLECC): a feasibility study
Current PhD Students
Peter's teaching covers aspects of health policy, research methods, the use of evidence for practice and research impact.