Women & Children’s Health Research Unit

The Women & Children’s Research Unit (WCRU) is a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals, members of the public and academics; conducting research across many areas of Women’s Health: from Reproductive Health and Gynaecology, through Antenatal care to Childbirth; and also the follow on care of mothers and new born babies.

Our research is supported by the Department of Health and a range of charities, with our research projects encompassing a wide breadth of both laboratory-based and clinical work, to improve health, wellbeing and patient care.

We collaborate with colleagues nationally and internationally to develop and deliver ground-breaking, high-quality research and care, which benefits our patients here in the NHS but also increases care standards globally.

The Women & Children’s Research Unit is led by a multi-professional senior research team with support from North Bristol NHS Trust, the University of Bristol and the Prompt Maternity Foundation.

The team has a wealth of experience conducting research studies and trials, and improving training, guidelines and patient outcomes.

Our key areas of interest and expertise include:
  • Multi-professional Obstetric Training
  • Maternal & Fetal medicine
  • Bereavement care following baby loss
  • Improving antenatal care
  • Improving education
  • Simulation training
  • Operative vaginal births
  • Infertility
  • Core Outcome Sets
  • Global obstetrics

Our staff work in close collaboration with University partners, as well as a number of other NHS Trusts. We also have fundamental links with organisations such as the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the Clinical Research Network, the National Simulation Network, International Stillbirth Alliance, and many more.