The Group sits under the umbrella of Research and Knowledge Exchange and includes the well-established Centre for the Arts as Wellbeing as well as the newly established Winchester Centre for Global Health and the Knee Preservation Foundation. It is a gateway and facilitator service for University collaboration with key external partners such as Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Research and Knowledge Exchange is central to the University’s mission ‘to educate, to advance knowledge and to serve the common good’. We value freedom, justice, truth, human rights and collective effort for the common good. Find out more about the University’s mission and values.
Our remit is to establish a viable values-based approach to community-oriented health research based directly on the patient experience and public trust.
Our strategic priorities for 2015 to 2017:
- The further establishment of Arts as Wellbeing through formal collaborations with local authorities and appropriate social enterprises;
- The extension of health education programmes to wider practitioner and professional workforce wellbeing and development evaluations;
- The achievement of a series of researcher-led participatory evidence syntheses in relation to the needs of disadvantaged young children and families and the emerging mixed economy of wellbeing providers;
- To establish a research and education partnership with Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust through a series of pilot projects.
Our research is derived from grassroots partnerships and community involvement. We use mixed-methods and qualitative research shaped by service user and citizen involvement, drawing on modelling & evaluation tools. Our output comprises evidence syntheses, scoping reviews and secondary data analyses.
Our expertise reflects the breadth and depth of Health and Wellbeing-related research carried out across the University:
Arts as Wellbeing
CAAW is concerned with restoring a wider sense of value for the arts in the context of promoting wellbeing in individuals, communities, and the environment. Find out more about the Centre for the Arts as Wellbeing
Sport and Exercise research
Our Sport and Exercise scientists conduct research in a wide range of sport, exercise and health-related areas. Find out more about our Sport and Exercise Research
Medical Education research and wellbeing of health practitioners
Medical Education is an important and rapidly expanding area of research at Winchester. Find out more about our Medical Education Research
Public and Patient Involvement (PPI)
We have an Innovative approach to PPI, focussing in particular on children and families. To find out more about our PPI, see below.
Our Psychology researchers have particular strengths in human perception and cognition. Find out more about our Psychology research
Research methods/supervision for PhD students
We offer a wealth of postgraduate research opportunities within a supportive environment. Find out more about Postgraduate Research Degrees at Winchester
International and Diocesan developments in primary and pastoral care
To find out more about this area of expertise, contact Professor Geoff Meads
Patient & Public Involvement (PPI) in research
"People-focused research in the NHS simply cannot be delivered without the involvement of patients and the public. No matter how complicated the research, or how brilliant the researcher, patients and the public always offer unique, invaluable insights. Their advice when designing, implementing and evaluating research invariably makes studies more effective, more credible and often more cost-efficient as well.”
Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer. Cited in Foreword, Staley, K. (2009) Exploring Impact: Public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research: INVOLVE/NIHR.
Examples of PPI:
- Patients or service users working with a research team to agree research priorities and to indentify topics of importance;
- Involvement of patients in a research project steering group to help manage the project;
- Asking children and young people to help develop study designs and information to encourage their peers to participate;
- Supporting and training a service user to carry out interviews or focus groups with other service users.
The Health and Wellbeing Research Group is currently developing ways to ensure that patients and the public are central to health and wellbeing research at the University of Winchester.
For more information please contact Amanda Lees.