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Cardiff Health and Social Care Improvement Research

Working across disciplines to improve the quality of health and social care.

We work in partnerships and across disciplines to improve the quality of health and social care for patients.

Everyone wants high quality care at times of sickness or vulnerability. Yet health and social care systems are some of the most complex known to society.

Research is essential to identify problems, develop solutions and understand how lasting, workable and replicable improvements in healthcare can be made effectively and faster to benefit patients.


Cardiff Health and Social Care Improvement Research is a Cardiff University Research Network that unites 13 Schools and harnesses our multidisciplinary expertise to address the following six aims:

  • safety - avoiding harm to patients from care intended to help them
  • effectiveness - providing services based on scientific knowledge to all who could benefit and refraining from providing services to those not likely to benefit
  • patient-centeredness - providing care that is respectful of and responsive to individual preferences, needs, and values
  • timeliness - reducing waits and harmful delays for those who receive and those who give care
  • efficiency - avoiding waste, including waste of equipment, supplies, ideas, and energy
  • equity - providing care that does not vary in quality because of personal characteristics such as gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and socioeconomic status.

Please get in touch with Professor Davina Allen, if you would like to hear more, or if you're interested in joining the Network.

Steering group


Our research is founded on strong partnerships with NHS and governmental partners, industrial collaborators, patient advocacy groups, professional associations, third sector organisations, scientific societies and other internationally leading research institutions in our field.

Meet the team

Lead researcher

Academic staff

Postgraduate students



Upcoming events

CHOIR and Aneurin Bevan UHB Networking Event

Tuesday 16 April 2019, 09.30 - 14.00
Location: Executive Education suite, 3rd floor of the Postgraduate Teaching Centre, Cardiff Business School, 3 Colum Drive,Cardiff, CF10 3EU

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You are invited to a networking event with colleagues from Aneurin Bevan University Health Board to explore opportunities for research and other collaboration. You are also invited to remain with us for lunch and a seminar with Professor Louise Fitzgerald (Oxford University) thereafter. Louise will speak on ‘Combating challenges to improvement in healthcare’.

Event by School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University

Past events

Network Launch

18 October 2018, 09:00-16:30
Location: Conference Centre University Hall, Birchwood Lane, Penylan, Cardiff, CF23 5YB

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This event will formally launch the Network and will be an opportunity for you to, not only learn more about the work of the Network and engage with fellow researchers, but also to meet clinical colleagues, policy influencers and other key stakeholders. The programme is currently being finalised but, to date, plenary speakers include:

  • Professor Graham Martin, University of Leicester, Professor of Health Organisation and Policy in the Social Science Applied to Healthcare Improvement Research (SAPPHIRE) Group at the University of Leicester.
  • Professor Tim Draycott is a Consultant Obstetrician at North Bristol NHS Trust with a research interest in Patient Safety, particularly multi-professional training, simulation, team working and quality improvement in obstetrics. He currently holds a Health Foundation Improvement Science fellowship to investigate the effects of context on training and simulation. Professor Draycott has led the development of the PROMPT course, which has been associated with improved knowledge, communication, team working and direct improvements in perinatal outcome.

Network show and tell

13 May and 13 July 2018

The show and tell events were an informal networking opportunity to:

  • review current activity within the Schools affiliated to the Network
  • share expertise, priorities and needs
  • help identify the future priorities of the Network.

These events were an opportunity for members to help influence and contribute to the development of the Network


School of Healthcare Sciences

We are dynamic, innovative and forward looking, and recognised for our excellence in learning, teaching and research.

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

We are one of the top UK schools of Pharmacy with an international reputation for the quality of our research.

Next steps


Research that matters

Our research makes a difference to people’s lives as we work across disciplines to tackle major challenges facing society, the economy and our environment.


Postgraduate research

Our research degrees give the opportunity to investigate a specific topic in depth among field-leading researchers.


Our research impact

Our research case studies highlight some of the areas where we deliver positive research impact.