Our strategic aim is to be at the forefront of innovative research to improve outcomes for people with life-limiting conditions and disability and ensure better futures for children, families and socially excluded groups.

Current research

Research activities in the School of Health Sciences are grouped under two multi-disciplinary work-streams and this activity benefits from close collaborations both national and internationally. Further UK, European and global links exist, e.g. Universities of York (Glanville, McGuire), St Louis (Gray), Cornell (Bruyere), Arizona (Marshall), UNIFRA at Santa Maria, Brazil (Backes), Karolinska Institutet (Gustaffson).

Work streams

People, Health and Communities

Research from this work stream is aimed at improving outcomes for some of the world’s most prevalent conditions and examines how individuals living with long-term health conditions and/or disabilities, and oral diseases can be supported to cope with physical, psychological consequences through improved prevention, diagnostics, care delivery and management pathways. We have particular expertise in understanding the psychosocial and environmental factors that influence participation in society and in leading developments in technology that improve patient experience and outcomes and enhance interventions provided by healthcare professionals.

Maternal and infant health

The overall aim of this work-stream is to improve the health and wellbeing of childbearing women, babies and families, reduce the impact of social inequalities, and strengthen resilience and the capabilities of families made vulnerable by health or social problems by:

  • conducting high quality research
  • delivering high quality postgraduate and post-registration education
  • promoting sustainable change at scale through informing policy, and evidence-based practice change

MIRU works to include individuals and groups often excluded from research, including women, babies and families from areas of deprivation and who are experiencing complex social circumstances; these women, children and families often experience the worst clinical and psycho-social outcomes.

Two cross-cutting themes underpin the activities of both groupings to maximise the impact of the research to improve health and well-being:

Improving care delivery

All of our research is focused on improving health and well-being in a variety of service and care contexts to improve outcomes. Integral to this theme is our focus on the influences of professional behaviour and clinical practice within health and social care.

Reducing inequalities

Addressing inequalities both societal and health related with underserved or underrepresented communities is a common aspect of significant components of the research employing cutting-edge methodologies with novel interventions to tackle inequalities.