Upcoming Events


Guest Lecture by Dr Mark Jackson: Liverpool Health Partners – Your Academic Health Science System – Thursday 26th March 2020 – NOW CANCELLED

This event is for internal Edge Hill University staff only.

The talk will describe what an academic health science system is, who else is involved, the current strategy, priorities and benefits of working collaboratively at scale and at pace.

Mark JacksonDr Mark Jackson is the current Director of Delivery & Performance and Deputy Chief Executive of Liverpool Health Partners (LHP). Mark is a scientist by training and held a number of senior positions within the Executive Team at Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust prior to joining LHP. This included the Director of Research and Innovation, Associate Director for Quality Improvement and Head of Clinical Governance during his twenty-five year career in the NHS.

Mark led the creation of the recently launched Liverpool Centre for Cardiovascular Science and has directed or co-created a number of strategic research and improvement initiatives including the Institute of Cardiovascular Medicine & Science, the North West Quality Improvement Programme and recently was the national lead for the pilot of patient reported outcome measures (PROMS) in elective revascularisation.

To book a place please complete our online booking form

Pregnancy & Nutrition: Research Symposium – Monday 30th March 2020 – NOW CANCELLED

Unfortunately this event has now been cancelled in light of the covid-19 epidemic. We hope to reschedule this event in the future. If you would like us to contact you when a new date is confirmed and bookings are open, please email Jen Lewis on lewisj@edgehill.ac.uk

This event is open to the public.

This event is a joint venture between the Research Centre for Arts and Wellbeing and the Health Research Institute at Edge Hill University.

This event is to highlight the impactful, multidisciplinary research
regarding pregnancy being Pregnancy imageundertaken at Edge Hill University. The plenary entitled “Exploring the role of nutrition during pregnancy: the impact on maternal and offspring health and chronic disease risk” is being delivered by Dr Paige van der Pligt, a Deputy Course Director, Master of Dietetics visiting from Deakin University in Australia. There are also presentations from Giliane McKelvin, Midwifery; Dr Julie Abayomi, Nutrition; Emma Perris; Dance Movement Psychotherapy and Dr Lena Simic from Performing Arts. There will be time for networking, reflection and research planning as part of the interactive event, led by Professor Vicky Karkou. The symposium is suitable for students, academics and practitioners, particularly those with an
interest in pregnancy.

Please click here for further information and to book a place




HRI Virtual Seminar Series – June/July 2020

This event is for internal Edge Hill University staff only.

The Health Research Institute is continuing to support and nurture research that impacts on the health of communities and, adapting to our virtual working world, we would like to invite you to join our forthcoming seminar series on Teams. The full series is below and invitations to each seminar have already been sent to all academic staff across the University, please accept the invite if you plan to attend.

If you have not received the invite and would like to attend please email us.

Edge Hill University Staff can access the seminar recordings afterwards, by clicking on the seminar titles below.

Speaker Seminar title Institute theme Date
Dr Marian Peacock Sociological perspectives on the social gradient in COVID-19 Public Health Thu 18th June
Prof Lucy Bray & Prof Bernie Carter Children’s Health Literacy during the COVID-19 pandemic Children, Young People & Families Tue 23rd June
Prof Philip Murphy Coming off heroin: recent findings from our Substance Use and Misuse Lab (SUML) Health & Wellbeing Wed 1st July
Prof Vicky Karkou Arts for the Blues in the time of the Pandemic: Research with patients, frontline NHS staff and the general public. Health & Wellbeing Wed 8th July
Dr Carol Kelly


Navigating funding, ethics and recruitment of frontline clinicians during a pandemic – the NURSe COVID study: a qualitative exploration of experiences of Nurses with Respiratory Skills working during the COVID-19 pandemic. Supporting Care Wed 15th July
Kacper Sumera An international survey of attitudes to COVID-19 among emergency medical services. Improving Professional Practice Mon 20th July
Dr Mark Jackson Liverpool Health Partners; the Academic Health Science System for Cheshire & Merseyside Thu 30th July

External Launch event for the Health Research Institute (HRI) – Monday 1st June 2020 – NOW CANCELLED

This event is open to the public.

Keynote lecture: Professor Trish Greenhalgh – Interdisciplinarity in research: what, why and how?

Start time: 8:30am
Close: 3:30pm

Trish Smart photoTrish is Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences and Fellow of Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford. She leads a programme of research at the interface between the social sciences and medicine, working across primary and secondary care. Trish is the author of over 400 peer-reviewed publications and 16 textbooks. She was awarded the OBE for Services to Medicine in 2001 and is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Faculty of Clinical Informatics and the Faculty of Public Health.

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Health Research Institute: Addressing the challenges of 21st century healthcare.

The Institute has attracted a portfolio of multi-disciplinary research that extends beyond traditional medical approaches to reflect a broader multi-agency view of healthcare. Our work is driven by a collective goal to grow locally led research to improve healthcare by combining clinical, academic and other regional strengths.

The Institute serves as a research enabling platform for the following research themes:

Children, Young People and Families

The work of this group focuses on young people with complex needs, those requiring palliative care and those living with long-term conditions. Teams within this cluster, led by Prof Bernie Carter and Prof Lucy Bray, have a particular interest in pain management, support and information for children and young people undergoing clinical procedures in hospital.

Health and Wellbeing

This cluster focuses on the impact of lifestyle factors on health across the life course. This includes the role of the arts, psychotherapy and creative psychotherapy in health, led by Prof Vicky Karkou, the influence of digital technology and data analytics in enabling good health, led by Professor Ella Pereira and the management of sickness absence, stress and resilience in healthcare settings, led by Prof Paresh Wankhade.

Improving Professional Practice

Prof Jeremy Brown, Prof John Sandars, and Dr Axel Kaehne lead this research cluster. Activities focus on three main areas: performance enhancement in health professional development, the impact and assessment of education in health and other related professions – including theory-driven approaches to the evaluation of education, and the evaluation of improvements to health care services.

Public Health

Research in this cluster focuses on health inequalities, delivery of public health interventions and the balance between population and individual perspectives. There is also work on population musculoskeletal health led by Prof Paola Dey, Dr Matt Greig, Dr Ben Langley and Dr Nicola Relph. A group led by Prof Stuart Fairclough, are exploring the impact of detrimental lifestyle-related behaviours, such as physical inactivity, sedentary behaviour and poor sleep, on child and adolescent health, including movement behaviour interventions to promote well-being.

Supporting Care

In this cluster Prof Sally Spencer, Dr Carol Kelly and Dr Andy Levy lead work on systematic reviews and the management of chronic respiratory conditions. Active research topics include self-management strategies in bronchiectasis and emotional health in rehabilitation.  Prof Mary O’Brien, Prof Barbara Jack and Dr Kate Knighting lead work on the management of palliative and end of life care. Active projects include characterisation of respite care services for young people with life-limiting conditions and further development of the Carers Alert Thermometer (CAT).

The Health Research Institute runs a range of internal and external events, these are usually posted on this page and on our Twitter feed @edgehill_hri.

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