Improving outcomes for some of the world's most prevalent conditions.


Improving health and wellbeing requires sustained evidence-based action to tackle the plethora of challenges currently seen in many communities across the globe.  Such action depends upon the active engagement of researchers with people and their communities to understand the complexity of everyday lives and diversity of personal experiences of accessing health and social care services. Co-creation and co-production of effective, evidence-based solutions are needed to ameliorate emergent health and wellbeing concerns. 

We undertake high quality research to:

  • Understand what matters to people and their communities regarding health and wellbeing in everyday life and when using health and social care settings (H&SC).
  • Make a positive difference by addressing what matters to people and their communities regarding health and wellbeing in everyday life and when engaging with H&SC services.
  • Improve the experience of people and their communities when accessing health and social care services by promoting active living, participation in healthcare, recovery and (re)-habilitation in ways that matter to them.


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.

We will do this by

  • Conducting world class health and related research that informs and influences policy and practice and challenges existing systems.
  • Focusing our research activities in research streams including; active healthy ageing; long-term conditions and rehabilitation; mental health.
  • Using a plurality of cutting edge research methodologies and methods to address complexity and to reflect the diverse needs of people and their communities using H&SC services, key service partners, collaborators and research participants with whom we work.
  • Using participatory methods, where appropriate, to place the person (including family and community) at the centre of the research activities.
  • Mixing research methods to capture the complexity and diversity of peoples’ experiences in their everyday lives and H&SC care settings.
  • Reflecting diversity of experience and individuality in our quantitative work by applying modern psychometric techniques when assessing quality of life, subjectively reported outcomes and psychological constructs.
  • The application of innovative informational technological approaches in our research activities.
  • The application of creative, innovative methods to our work, including creative storytelling, cartoons and photo/image/video capture.
  • Researching the implementation of research findings into peoples’ everyday lives and H&SC settings, studying the effects of changing H&SC practitioner behaviours on care outcomes.
  • Developing a sustainable, high quality and vibrant research environment.
  • Undertaking consultancy, training and the provision of world-leading education.
  • Engaging with key stakeholders to disseminate the findings of our research and to enable effective knowledge translation and mobilisation.


PhD students