The Centre is a focus of both applied and theoretical research relating to key health issues at national and international level.

We currently have around thirty members including staff and postgraduate students working in a range of research areas.

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The Centre is one of seven specialist research centres at the University of Bristol's School for Policy Studies.

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Centre Head:
Dr Patricia Lucas

Research Centre Administrator:
Shelley Straughan


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The Centre has particular expertise in the development of evaluation strategies which actively involve funders and service users in the research process itself and in the dissemination of findings across a range of relevant constituencies.

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Members of the Centre also act as the Social Care Lead in the West Hub of the Mental Health Research Network. The Network is designed to provide the infrastructure to support large scale, high quality research in mental health and social care, with implications for services and treatments.

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Our research areas include: interprofessional and interagency work, evidence-based care, health inequality, mental health and health issues relating to ageing, children and gender.