Health and Social Care
Our research in Health and Care Professions deals with the most-pressing health and wellbeing issues facing society – from the challenges of caring for an ageing population, to the importance of delivering effective health and social care to the most under-represented, vulnerable or isolated groups in society.
Across the 3 research areas outlined below, we're busy conducting collaborative, multidisciplinary work, and turning our expertise into real impact.
In our health, wellbeing and social care research, we're exploring how best to manage the demands of an ageing population, in which mental health problems are on the rise, and increasing numbers of people are living with complex, long-term health problems. We're helping health and social care providers to make best use of the limited resources at their disposal, so they can deliver vital care and support to those who need it most.
As the demands placed on the emergency services become ever greater and more complex, our acute and emergency care research is exploring how new technology – including the use of robots in surgery – can improve patient care in acute (hospital-based) and emergency contexts. We're also identifying what needs to be done so that a skilled workforce is in place to put these new technologies to use.
Our patient and user experience research we're working to better understands the health and wellbeing needs, challenges and experiences of everyone in society – and by developing a better understanding of how patients, service users and family members experience healthcare services and illness, help make a positive impact on patients' and users' lives.
Explore our areas of expertise
Find out more about the facilities and research methods that shape our Health and Care Professions research – and learn more about our recent projects, the academic and industrial partners with whom we collaborate, and the major funders who fund our work.
We're exploring how new technology – including the use of robots in surgery – can improve patient care in acute (hospital-based) and emergency contexts.
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.
Interested in a PhD in Health Sciences?
Browse our postgraduate research degrees – including PhDs and MPhils – at our Health Science & Social Work postgraduate research degrees page.