Research Themes

The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Medicine is committed to producing excellent research to  inform evidence based practice and the health and wellbeing of people locally, nationally and internationally.

Our research spans four cross–faculty themes all of which are supported by research Professors and Readers. The themes link to the Health Research Institute (HRI).

The themes are:

Supporting Care

Work in this theme responds to current national and international agendas and includes supporting care practices for people with long term conditions (including end of life care). These include best practices regarding respiratory care with an emerging stream of Cochrane reviews in this field, incontinence management, care and support for cancer patients and those with neurological conditions, such as dementia or Motor Neurone Disease and their carers.  A particular achievement in one strand of work in this theme concerns the development of an intervention to support  carers of family members, or friends, who are approaching end of life. Read more

Improving Professional Practice through Service Delivery Education and Leadership

Our second theme of work focuses on addressing national challenges resulting in a programme of research which aims to provide the evidence to inform curriculum planning and delivery. Work includes:  the impact of simulation, including the identification of best evidence for medical education and practice and exploring the areas of compassion and patient safety. More recently we are developing a stream of work around leadership education for health care professionals. Read more

Children, Young People and Families

Our research focuses on making a difference to the services accessed and the lives of children, young people and their families, particularly those with complex needs, those requiring palliative care and those living with long-term conditions and learning disabilities. All our work is underpinned by meaningful collaboration and engagement. A particular interest lies in our growing stream of work around supporting children and young people undergoing clinical procedures. Read more

Health and Wellbeing

With the expansion of the Faculty portfolio, we are developing a theme around health and wellbeing.  Past and current work is around ageing, arts and health across the life course. Specific work involves care homes and older people, nutrition including food banks and arts for health programmes in museums and galleries. We plan to develop this theme in the autumn as new appointments take up post. Read more

The Faculty provides a base for the University’s Health Research Institute (HRI). The HRI is a cross-faculty institution which brings together academics with a shared interest and expertise in medical and clinical research and postgraduate training.  Engagement and collaboration with external partners underpins the HRI, ensuring that its work is relevant and will impact positively on the rapidly changing health and social care environment. Ultimately, the HRI aims to improve the quality of health and social care through education, research, and innovation.

The University joined Athena Swan in 2013, and was awarded an Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award in October 2015.  The Athena Swan Steering Group is chaired by Clare Austin Associate Dean of Research and Innovation, Faculty of Health, Social Care & Medicine, the latter was also awarded the Athena Swan Institutional Bronze Award in 2019.

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