Health Services Research and Management
Health Services Research and Management (HSRM) incorporates:
These teams work collaboratively together to deliver high quality research and teaching within their areas of specialism. All teams are research active and publish both peer reviewed journal articles as well as books and materials for people working in the professions. World class experts work closely with programme directors and contribute to teaching as well as research activities. Graduates from our programmes often progress to employment in high profile jobs or research activities. The division provides expert advice to the School of Health Sciences (SHS) as well as external stakeholders in the areas of innovation in education and research methods. An outline of the work and research areas of the teams within the division is provided below.
Education Development Unit (EDU)
EDU works across SHS and with external stakeholders to support and promote educational developments in line with SHS strategic priorities. EDU staff engage in educational development for 50% of their time, undertaking substantive teaching, learning support, research, management or business development roles for the remainder. The EDU delivers high quality programmes utilising innovative technologies and educational opportunities; promotes excellence in education within SHS; and also provides expert advice and support for the use of new educational technologies.
Research activities of the EDU focus on the student experience and innovation in education. The overlapping foci of EDU research are, work based learning (including mentorship, learning from simulated professional practice, education supporting patient safety, learner experience, learner centred design such as technology-enhanced learning, and digital literacies. One project recently completed by the EDU is the Accomplished Facilitation & Learning Transfer Project (April 2010-March2011). This study involved creating faculty development materials for simulation centres and guidance for clinical educators supporting junior doctors in practice based on an appreciation of accomplished facilitation. This project was funded by the London Deanery (£95,000).
- Abbott S, Attenborough J, Cushing A, Hanrahan M, Korszun A (2009) Patient-centred care and compulsory admission to hospital: students consider communication skills in mental health care. Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, 4, 4, 26-34.
- Berridge EJ, Mackintosh N, Freeth DS (2010). Supporting Patient Safety: Examining Communication within Delivery Suite Teams through contrasting approaches to research observation. Midwifery 26: 512-519 DOI: 10.1016/j.midw.2010.04.009
- Cushing A, Abbott S, Lothian D, Hall A, Westwood O (2011) Peer feedback as an aid to learning - what do we want? Feedback. When do we want it? Now! Medical Teacher, 33, e105-e112. doi: 10.3109/0142159X.2011.542522
- Simpson, A., Reynolds, L., Light, I. and Attenborough, J (2008) Talking with the Experts: Evaluation of an online discussion forum with mental health service users and student nurses. Nurse Education Today 8 (5) 633-640 7 citations
Health Services Research (HSR)
Health Services Research (HSR) is an exciting, interdisciplinary field of scientific inquiry that examines how people get access to health care, how much care costs, and what happens to patients as a result of this care.
The Health Services Research Unit is an active research and teaching group in the School of Health Sciences. The Unit's research portfolio is at the forefront of implementation and evaluation of health and social care services in the UK and internationally. The HSR Unit is also home to the highly competitive MSc in Health Services Research. Visit the Health Services Research (HSR) web pages.
The Health Management team provides postgraduate management qualifications for clinicians, service managers and allied health professionals which are among the most recognised of their kind in the UK and internationally. With an outstanding track record these degree courses provide a thorough grounding in all the major business skills that health managers need to prepare them for progression to senior management.
The health management team has recently undertaken several externally funded research projects; recent grants include £250,000 from the National institute for Health Research, Service Delivery and Organisation (NIHR SDO) to explore the experiences of the allied health professions (AHPs) in management roles. Other funded projects include the contribution of AHPs to health promotion, the organisation of the European AHP workforce and scope of therapeutic practice of UK optometrists.
The research report for the organisation of the European workforce can be found at www.sdo.nihr.ac.uk/projdetails.php?ref=08-1808-237; and the report regarding the experiences of AHPs in management roles can be found at www.sdo.nihr.ac.uk/projdetails.php?ref=08-1808-237.