Centre for Outcomes and Experience Research in Children’s Health Illness and Disability (ORCHID)

The main work in the centre is the conduct of child and family focused research. ORCHID is a dedicated research unit at GOSH. The main focus of our research is to understand the impact of health, illness and disability in children and young people and their families. To do this, we carry out a range of quantitative and qualitative research studies involving patients, families and staff as well as wider stakeholders. Our work is underpinned by patient and public involvement.

Our team is made up of experienced researchers from nursing, allied health, and the social sciences. We conduct, support, and disseminate research

  • Conduct research: within the team we lead programmes of research to inform the development of interventions that impact on the care and experience of children, young people and families, at GOSH and worldwide. Our experienced researchers draw upon a range of research methodologies, maximising patient-centred creative methods to assist all children and family members to contribute their research story
  • Support research: we have a role in supporting nurses and AHPs at GOSH to start or develop their research careers, plan and deliver research projects, and apply for research funding. All healthcare professionals are potential researchers and we are committed to ensuring all nurses and AHPs at GOSH have the opportunity to get involved in research and are supported in doing so.
  • Disseminate research: we promote, evaluate and disseminate research to the research community and ensure that the nursing and AHP research agenda has a visible profile within the Trust. The evidence provided by ORCHID research also influences children's healthcare policy. ORCHID researchers are actively involved in professional organisations, governmental agencies, and national and international initiatives to improve the health of children and young people.

Contact us

Centre for Outcomes and Experience Research in Childrens Health Illness and Disability (ORCHID)
Room 4051, Floor 4, Barclay House
Great Ormond Street Hospital
Great Ormond Street

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7405 9200 ext 5833

Twitter: @GoshOrchid

Polly Livermore

Clinical Academic Programme Lead
Email: polly.livermore@gosh.nhs.uk