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We are optimising health and social care across the life course in Wales and beyond, putting people and families at the heart of our research.

We bring together clinical healthcare professionals, service users and researchers in pursuit of excellent research. Our aim is to optimise health and social care both now and in the future.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework assessment (under Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy), we ranked 4th in the UK overall and 1st for our research environment.

Our research is funded by highly respected national funding bodies such as the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Department of Health, in addition to Third Sector organisations (such as Tenovus and Macmillan) and Welsh Government.

We have established an international reputation for research excellence and impact through our innovative health and social care research and partnerships with researchers globally.


Our research is structured across three themes:

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Optimising well-being in health and illness

We are working to optimise well-being in health and illness of people affected by long-term and life limiting conditions in Wales and beyond.

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Optimising service delivery and organisation

Our research provides evidence about current and new ways of organising and delivering services to meet complex health and social care demands.

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Optimising health through activity, lifestyles and technology

We carry out applied research that seeks to enable and promote healthy living for those experiencing a range of acute and chronic conditions, illnesses and injuries.