Developments in the ProCare project

An EU funded project involving the Department of Nursing and Midwifery University of Limerick and University of Limerick, Hospital Group

Hospitals and faculties together for prosperous and scientific based healthcare (ProCare) is funded by the European Union Erasmus + Knowledge Alliance. Knowledge alliance aims to foster innovation in and through higher education together with businesses, and beyond, contributing to new approaches to teaching and learning, entrepreneurship in education, and the modernisation of higher education systems in Europe. ProCare is a project led by Angela Boškin Faculty of Health Care in Jesenice, Slovenia and is a collaboration between hospitals and universities across four European Union (EU) Member States. Collaborators include the Faculty of Organizational Sciences from the University of Maribor, Slovenia, the General Hospital Jesenice, Slovenia, the Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick (UL) and UL Hospital Group (ULHG), the Universidad de Alicante, the Hospital Clínica Vistahermosa, Alicante, Università degli Studi di Udine and Policlinico Città di Udine. The UL participants are Professor Fiona Murphy, Professor Alice Coffey, Dr Liz Kingston, Dr Christine Fitzgerald and Dr Barbara Whelan. The Chief Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Margaret Gleeson represents ULHG.


ProCare is a 3 year project and is due to be completed in April 2022. It aims to raise the profile of research in nursing by increasing both research capacity and capability and to enhance cooperation between higher education institutions (HEIs) and hospitals. This has the ultimate aim to provide care to patients and families consistent with the best available evidence thereby improving patient outcomes. The UL team is responsible for the work package “linking higher education research and hospitals for nursing research development”. We have led on qualitative research that has been conducted in each of the partner EU member states exploring nurses experience of collaboration between HEIs and hospitals. This has culminated in four national reports and one joint report and will be disseminated in the coming months ( The research identified the different forms of collaboration between HEIs and hospitals, the barriers and facilitators to collaboration and the research priorities for each partner EU member state. Currently we are drawing on the partnership experience between the Department of Nursing and Midwifery at UL and ULHG and developing guidance documents on establishing nursing journal clubs, nursing research groups and an overall guidance document for European hospitals and universities on how to develop nursing research capacity and capability in hospitals. This serves to showcase, among European colleagues, the collaborative nature of the existing relationship between UL’s Department of Nursing and Midwifery and ULHG.

You can keep up to date with further developments about ProCare on twitter @ProcareEurope   / #ProcareEurope