“The Institute supports a vibrant and thriving community of researchers from a range of disciplines and organisations, with the aim of improving care for patients, practitioners and providers.”

We strongly support researcher development from a wide range of disciplines, including support for research council funding applications, such as NIHR fellowships. Please contact [email protected] for further information.

Our aim is to lead, support and drive evidence-informed improvements in service provision, sensitive to the needs of users and providers of health and social care.  Our research activity encompasses five key themes including:

Children, Young People and Families

The work of this theme 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.

Read about the DETECT study – the first large study of its kind in UK children to evaluate the effectiveness of an electronic physiological surveillance system to help detect clinical deterioration in children.

Health and Wellbeing

This theme 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 Prof 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 theme. 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 theme 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 theme 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 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).
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