The Centre for Research for Health and Wellbeing welcomes expressions of interest in postgraduate research degrees in areas of study related to health and wellbeing. The centre draws together expertise from across the University within an inter-disciplinary framework, and provides a vibrant and fertile environment for postgraduate research studies. We undertake research, evaluation and needs assessment into service user involvement, participation and innovation, 'hard to reach groups' and service improvement, drawing from areas such as sociology, social policy, leisure studies, nursing, physiotherapy, public health and many more.
We offer a number of research routes for those wishing to increase their research experience and develop their academic and professional profile. These include ‘traditional’ postgraduate programmes such as MPhil and PhD, as well as new routes to PhDs such as our PhD by Practice and PhD by Published Work (prospective and retrospective). We are also in the process of developing a Professional Doctorate in Health Research.
Current and recent students include:
Alison – Health Services Management
Alison is an occupational therapist and NHS manager by background. Her research has been funded by a local PCT to develop a working model for world class commissioning. She spends three days a week in the PCT and two days a week in the University developing the academic framework for her studies.
Abdul – Social Policy
Abdul has been exploring questions and issues related to community cohesion. He has worked with members of a local Asian community and explored what some of the buzz-words around community cohesion mean to them. As a local Imam, Abdul is well-connected to the community within which he has undertaken his research and he has been able to gain insights into the experiences of those members of Asian communities that are often excluded from or mistrustful of other research studies.
Bimpe – Health Care
The University, in partnership with NHS Bolton and Bolton Council, is presently building a new Centre for Health and Wellbeing, known as Bolton One. Bolton One will provide a range of services to the people of Bolton, and Bimpe’s research project is focused on how service users’ views can be incorporated into this development. Bimpe has a masters in public health and a strong background of working with local community groups, including those from refugee and asylum seeker communities.
Susan - Physiotherapy
Sue is a clinical lead and consultant physiotherapist and is undertaking a PhD by Practice at the centre. During the course of her career, she has found that physiotherapists encounter patients who have a serious spinal pathology that has previously gone undiagnosed. Sue has worked to develop and identify case material and a schema of ‘red flags’ that can be used by professionals working in clinical settings.
Ana – Occupational Therapy
Ana is an occupational therapist by background and a teacher of ‘circle dance’. She is currently researching methods of meas