Allied health professions and nursing
REF 2014 Highlights
55% of our research outputs are internationally excellent or world leading
Outstanding impact, with 100% judged either 'very considerable' or 'outstanding'
One of our new Units of Assessment submitted, a fantastic debut performance
The Centre for Health and Social Care Research (CHSCR) conducts high quality applied research which benefits students, service users, practitioners and the wider health and social care economy.
The Research Exercise Framework (REF) confirms that 100% of our research has outstanding or very considerable impact on practice in terms of reach and significance. We have been transforming and influencing practice in areas such as management of pain and community mental health. We have made particular impact in these two key areas of healthcare practice.
The impact of our mental health research has challenged prevailing beliefs and practices and led directly to changes in service delivery and design across the world. We have worked alongside people who hear voices to evidence alternative approaches that promote empowerment and recovery, and creating impact through a global network of voice hearer organisations. Our expertise in successfully transforming mental health systems from hospital to community based care has led to research on implementation of our model of service redesign in many countries.
Our approach to investigating the treatment of pain combines an understanding of the factors that influence pain with the physical and psychological techniques that can be used to improve experience of pain. This has led to significant improvements in patient outcomes and patient satisfaction.
Surveys demonstrate excellent, positive results and the research has had significant influence on clinical practice at national level and recommendations for best practice issued by the British Pain Society. It has also contributed to NICE’s clinical guidelines on the implementation of spinal cord stimulation and influenced clinical decision making through the NHS evidence database.