Research and innovation

Health and wellbeing

Health and wellbeing

The University of Hull has all the necessary attributes to become the hub for academic health activities across the region, and is now investing in a redevelopment of its western campus estate to consolidate and significantly develop its physical presence as an interdisciplinary Health Hub.

The Health Hub at Hull includes a range of elements drawing on expertise across most of the University's faculties. For instance, we offer

  • the vibrant Hull York Medical School with a successful postgraduate medical research programme
  • a well-established Faculty of Health and Social Care, which has a rapidly expanding research portfolio in promoting wellbeing research across areas such as maternal, sexual and reproductive health, long-term conditions and health technology
  • cutting edge research that addresses some of the major disease and health problems involving interdisciplinary collaborations in areas such as teenage pregnancy, older people and dementia, cancer and cardiac diseases, in strong collaboration with health service providers
  • research organised in and delivered through research groups, which collaborate across faculties such as Science and Engineering and Arts, Cultures and Education to foster wider interdisciplinary research, embracing areas such as social and computing science. Examples include the Centre for End of Life Care and the Centre for Telehealth respectively

Our health research has a direct relevance and benefit to the local community. Our interdisciplinary work in the field of telehealth and telecare has explored the economic and social advantages of combining patient care and monitoring.

The Positron Emission Tomography-Computerised Tomography development, enhancing and customising patient care, is another of the University’s recent success stories. The development of the cutting edge lab-on-a-chip technology has also helped establish our Chemistry and the University as world leaders in a fast developing health research field.

Another excellent illustration of applied health research being conducted across the University is by colleagues in the School of Engineering & Computer Science  working with NHS surgeons who have developed a new type of speech valve that gives people who have undergone laryngectomy better speech quality. Another is the development of a nasogastric tube by FHSC that can be more easily located, working with the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

HYMS Research Centres

Other projects aimed at enhancing patient care and wellbeing, based on the priorities of NHS partners, focus on psychosocial aspects of health and health care, practitioner empowerment, and attributes of healthcare staff. Examples of these studies are profiled in the Research Development Groups within the Faculty of Health and Social Care.

Faculty of Health and Social Care Research Development Groups

We are committed to the development of interdisciplinary work that explores wider questions such as the meaning of wellbeing including novel developments that attend to cultural, historical, philosophical, architectural, artistic, literary, aesthetic and heritage dimensions of wellbeing and health.

In summary, our diverse health agenda and achievements are the result of successful collaborations between a range of organisations internal and external to the University including the NHS, local businesses and our regional university partners.

Collaboration underpins our approach to our research in health, which aims to maximise the impact of our work at a local, national and international level. As such, the University participates in the new Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Sciences Network. Through this network, the University is linked to the wider health science and health service community. This provides a basis for enhancing closer collaboration with health service and academic partners, and those in the region for the benefit of the community and beyond.

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