Health Research Institute
In this section

Since it launched in 2014, the Health Research Institute has established a strong brand and attracted a portfolio of multi-disciplinary research that goes beyond traditional medical approaches to reflect a broader multi-agency view of healthcare. This underpins the institute’s overall mission to facilitate and enable collaborative research across a range of academic perspectives with external stakeholders in the NHS, social care, charities and other health-related organisations.

The institute aims to:

  • lead innovation in professional practice
  • develop applied research to drive evidence-informed care
  • provide a partnership forum for enterprise and innovation.

The institute benefits from strong collaborative research relationships with the NHS and private and public sector organisations across the North West and beyond. Our work is driven by a shared mission to grow locally led health research by combining clinical, academic and other perspectives to attract external funding. Funded work to date includes a range of National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) awards and work commissioned by Health Education England.

The institute serves as an enabling platform for the following research themes:

  • Children, Young People and Families
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Improving Professional Practice
  • Public Health
  • Supporting Care

Meet the team

Steering group

The steering group develop and support the strategic aims of the institute. A combination of internal and external membership ensures that its activities are relevant and beneficial for our stakeholders.

External members:

  • Haku Bhatt, Innovation Programme Manager, Innovation Agency (Academic Health Science Network, North West Coast) and Liverpool Health Partners
  • Mark Jackson, Deputy CEO, Liverpool Health Partners
  • Dr Mumtaz Patel, Associate Dean – Hospital and Community Care, Health Education England
  • Prof Kate Ardern, Director of Public Health, Wigan Council
  • Richard Mundon, Director of Strategy and Planning, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust
  • Prof Sarah O’Brien, Clinical Accountable Officer, St. Helens and Knowsley Clinical Commissioning Group
  • George Turner, Service User and Carer representative (PPI)

Internal members:

  • Clare Austin – Chair of Steering Group
  • Sally Spencer – Institute Director
  • Amy Williams – Senior Research Support Administrator

Management group

The main aim of the management group is to implement institute strategy, as determined by the steering group. The group includes academics from across the university who have an interest in health and social care.

  • Sally Spencer – Institute Director
  • Any Levy – Institute Deputy Director
  • Clare Austin – Chair of Steering Group
  • Jeremy Brown – Professor of Clinical Education
  • Derek Haim – Professor of Psychology
  • Vicky Karkou – Professor of Performing Arts
  • Lucy Bray – Professor of Child Health Literacy
  • Paola Dey – Professor in Health and Social Care
  • Dr Carol Kelly – Head of Applied Health and Social Care
  • Ella Pereira – Reader, Department of Computer Science
  • Paresh Wankhade – Professor (Leadership and Management, Business School)
  • Vicky Duckworth – Professor of Education
  • Stuart Fairclough – Professor of Physical Activity Education
  • Amy Williams – Senior Research Support Administrator