We have four research themes aligned to regional and national priorities: Urgent Care, Older People, Healthy Families and Mental Health.

Our cross-cutting themes of Improvement Science and Health Economics, Evaluation, and Equality add value by providing health economic and improvement science expertise across the our research programme, utilising world leading academic centres.

These themes, as well as involvement and collaboration with the public help to guide our teams to deliver research that makes a real difference.

We all work together with our Implementation theme to make sure that our research is translated into practice.

Our Themes

Healthy Families

We work with the public, service providers and researchers to improve health, wellbeing and promote fairer futures for families living in deprived areas across the Yorkshire and Humber region.

Theme Contact: Chris Cartwright

Older People

Our aim is to improve the physical and mental health of older people living with frailty including care home residents, and generate major health and care efficiency savings. We have established an internationally-leading team of cross-disciplinary researchers to do this.

Theme lead(s): Andrew Clegg

Theme Contact: Lesley Brown

Mental Health

Our aim is to address health inequality by undertaking research to understand the causes and consequences of living with both mental & physical health problems; and to develop and test new approaches, and put research findings into practice.

Urgent Care

Safe and effective Urgent and Emergency Care (UEC) is fundamental to healthcare delivery today. We aim to build on collaborations with NHS providers, commissioners and users of UEC to address key priorities and transform these into solutions that are locally and nationally appropriate and deliverable.

Theme lead(s): Suzanne Mason

Theme Contact: Colin O’Keeffe

Improvement Science

Our current interests include the uptake of digital innovations and medical devices, improvement science outcomes measurement, de-implementation of low value practices, optimising audit and feedback and using the positive deviance approach to improve health care quality.

Theme lead(s): Rebecca Lawton

Theme Contact: Andria Hanbury

Health Economics

Our work focuses on the efficient use of limited resources and maximisation of outcomes for patients. We conduct research to improve efficiency and equity by providing high quality, relevant, flexible, and accessible research capacity in health economics and evaluation.

Theme Contact: Sarah Fewkes


We provide implementation support to a variety of stakeholders. Whether it is healthcare professionals wanting to plan for implementation or researchers wanting to know the best way to study and evaluate implementation, we are here to help.

Theme Contact: Vishal Sharma

Core Projects

Our Core team are actively involved in our projects and studies, giving a variety of support including implementation and guidance, communications, training, project management, governance, finance and PhD supervision. They also hold chief investigator and principal investigator roles for some of our studies.