Health and Wellbeing Research Group
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The goal of our health and wellbeing research is to positively influence the lives of individuals, families, communities and organisations, and to translate theory and research into effective policy and practice. Our vision is to carry out world-leading research that enriches individuals and communities to flourish. We are a hub for collaboration with colleagues across the University and with key external partners such as Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Health Education England and the Winchester Diocese.
Who we are
The Health and Wellbeing Research Group is led by Professor Simon Jobson and was established in 2015. It is a multidisciplinary group of researchers interested in a variety of health and wellbeing research areas including wellbeing at work, faith-based networks, community wellbeing, Arts as wellbeing; global health, and sport, health and exercise.
The Health and Wellbeing Research Group comprises:
- The Centre for the Arts as Wellbeing
- The Winchester Centre for Global Health
- The Hampshire Collaboration for Health Research and Education
- The Knee Preservation Foundation
We also maintain close links with the University's Sport and Exercise Research Centre (SERC), in particular in the field of community health and wellbeing through exercise. Find out more about SERC.
What we believe
We believe that health and wellbeing are at the heart of what it is to flourish. We further believe that to maximise health and wellbeing, an inter- and multidisciplinary approach and understanding are required. We embrace the multiple perspectives that inform understandings of health and wellbeing that include, but are not limited to, clinical definitions, community and societal definitions, and world health perspectives.
We serve as a recognised source of empirical expertise and conceptual creativity for developments in wellbeing practices through:
- identifying and addressing local, regional and national knowledge gaps in ways that enhance the activity of wellbeing agencies;
- collaborations with key partners;
- qualitative data capture and analysis methods that effectively support clinical and community developments in health interventions;
- comparative and evaluative studies of exemplar projects (e.g. in faith-based social enterprises and arts practices);
- transferable learning and joint publications and projects with international and UK-based associates.
Current research projects
- Arts and Urology
- Sacred Music and Wellbeing
- Reflective Practice Groups
- Stress Prevention Amongst Doctors
You may also be interested in the HELP Hampshire Stroke Clinic initiative.
Research seminar series
We run a regular research seminar series throughout the year. This focusses on research methods and also enables staff to disseminate their research among colleagues, research students and external partners. We also regularly invite external speakers, both practitioners and academics, to talk about their experiences in the field. For further information or if you are interested in presenting, please email Penelope Bates.
Postgraduate research supervision
We offer a wealth of postgraduate research opportunities within a supportive environment. Find out more about Postgraduate Research Degrees at Winchester.
Higher Education partners
The 'Culture, Sport and Wellbeing Evidence Review: Social Diversity and Context Matters' is a collaboration between the ESRC, the University of Brunel, The London School of Economics and Political Science, the University of Winchester and the University of Brighton. Find out more HERE and HERE.
The Universities of Winchester and Southampton collaborate on the Dinosaur Study. For more information, contact Dr Amanda Lees.
National and regional partners
Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust
Through the Hampshire Collaboration for Health Research and Education, we work closely with the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust.
Southampton Children’s Hospital
HaWRG and Southampton Children’s Hospital collaborate on the Wessex Healthier Together Project. To find out more, contact Dr Amanda Lees or Dr Christine Tapson.
Health Education England
HaWRG and HEE collaborate on a number of projects:
- Doctors with Asperger’s
- The influence of culture on medical trainees
- How postgraduate doctors develop their clinical thinking
For more infomation, contact Dr Rachel Locke.
Centre for Social Work Practice
We work with the CSWP on the evaluation of reflective practice groups.
HaWRG's Prof. Geoffrey Meads works with the Winchester Diocese on community cohesion and diversity. He also works with Friends of the Family (evaluation), Winchester Basics Bank (user satisfaction study) and the English Community Hospital Association.
Meet the Health and Wellbeing Research Group teams
Health and Wellbeing research
Centre for the Arts as Wellbeing
Hampshire Collaboration for Health Research and Education
For general enquiries, email Penelope Bates, HAWRG Research Administrator.