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Acute and Emergency Care research

Explore our work in acute and emergency care, one of 3 areas of expertise within our Health and Care Professions research

Demands on the emergency services are increasing and becoming ever more complex – and our research in this area explores and assesses how new technologies can help address these demands, specifically in acute (hospital-based) and emergency contexts.

It also identifies how to develop a skilled and adaptable workforce that can make best use of them, and working to ensure that the transfer from emergency to acute care is effective.


Among our wide-ranging research, we're studying the use of the Da Vinci robot in minimally-invasive colorectal surgery in the morbidly obese, and the use of robots to remove bowel cancers.

We're also exploring innovative methods of treating Crohn’s disease, investigating the use of Bioglue to improve outcomes in patients having oesophagectomy, and assessing the effectiveness of Adaptive Cooperative Brachytherapy – a technological innovation in the treatment of prostate cancer.

Our research into the importance of workforce development is looking into how the use of healthcare data can improve the identification and onward communication of older people with cognitive impairment and dementia, across health and social care services.

We're also studying how different inter-professional approaches – and the application of simulation in learning and practice – can benefit allied health and related professions.

The work we're doing is already making an impact, and leading to better outcomes for people screened for bowel diseases, better management of people with long-term respiratory conditions, better communication and management for older people with complex co-morbidities (e.g. frailty and dementia), and innovation in surgical procedures.


Much of our research makes uses of the University's outstanding simulation-based learning resources, which emulate specific departments of a hospital and community setting – including an operating theatre, wards, bathrooms, a one-bedroomed flat, an x–ray facility, and an A&E department.

We're also home to related technologies that support our learning and research, including virtual reality, 3D cadavers, eye gaze technologies and intuitive ‘tagging’ cameras.

Partnerships and funders

We have a knowledge and expertise partnership with Portsmouth Technologies Trials Unit (a joint initiative with Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust), which enables us to respond to the needs of clinicians and SMEs to develop, deliver and analyse clinical studies.

Our research is frequently funded by organisations such as the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), charities including Asthma UK, and by commercial technology manufacturers and developers.

Recent publications include

Acetic Acid guided biopsies in Barrett’s surveillance for neoplasia detection versus non-targeted biopsies (Seattle protocol)

A feasibility study for a randomised tandem endoscopy trial. The ABBA study; Endoscopy International Open 2018; 06(01): 43 - 50 DOI: 10.1055/s-0043-120829, Ann Dewey, Carole Fogg, Bernie Higgins


Robotic rectal surgery in obese patients may lead to better short-term outcomes when compared to laparoscopy

a comparative propensity scored match study,  International Journal of Colorectal Disease (2018),, Panteleimonitis, S., Pickering, O., Abbas, H., Harper, M., Kandala, N., Figueirrdo, N., Qureshi, T., & Parvaiz, A.


Minimally Invasive Surgery in the Morbid Obese

Does Size Matter? Surgical Endoscopy (2018),, Panteleimonitis, S., Popeskou, S., Aradaib, M., Harper, M., Kandala, N., Figueirrdo, N., Qureshi, T., & Parvaiz, A


Robotic techniques for pan proctocolectomy using DaVinci Si Robotic System

P-STARR Technique. Techniques in Coloproctology. 22(6) (2018), pp. 449-452, Ahmad, N.Z., Naqvi, S., Sagias, F., Stein, H., Harper, M., & Kahn, J.S.


Discover our areas of expertise

Acute and emergency care is one of 3 areas of expertise within our Health and Care Professions research. Explore the others below.

Health, wellbeing and social care

Our research is informing how difficult decisions are made about health and social care in a climate of limited resources for support and treatment of patients.
Helen Fleming, Radiography Case Study, November 2018
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Patient and user experience

We're researching people's experiences and perceptions of health, wellbeing and life in general and studying the experiences of under-represented, vulnerable or isolated groups to improve patient care.

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Browse our postgraduate research degrees – including PhDs and MPhils – at our Health Science & Social Work postgraduate research degrees page.