Division of Health Services Research

What we do

Working collaboratively with academic colleagues, partners in the NHS, industry and/or the wider public and private health sector, we provide expertise in qualitative and quantitative research methodology, applied health strategy and design in a range of research areas.

We also and deliver support and supervision for post-graduate students and fellowship applicants from within the University, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust (LTHT) and other organisations. Our staff also contribute to a learning and teaching portfolio that includes postgraduate and CPD courses.

Our research

The healthcare environment is becoming ever more complex with increasing use of technology for managing personal health and a continuing move towards community-based interventions both in the UK and internationally. These challenges, amongst others, drive our need to understand the inter-relationships between health, healthcare, healthcare systems and service delivery. We are interested in both researching into, and researching with, new technologies which have the power to transform healthcare and how we conduct research, including and beyond clinical trials.

In health economics we utilise cost effectiveness analysis to inform healthcare resource allocation decisions through, for example, economic evaluation alongside clinical trials; decision analytical modelling and value of information analysis; our research informs priority setting in health care, health care policy, and early stage efficiency in research and development. The measurement and valuation of health, health care and wellbeing is an established research area and includes the development of new and existing outcome measures. Our research in applied health econometrics, utilising large datasets, provides insight into health inequalities and equity in health and healthcare in the UK and internationally.

Health informatics concerns the capture, processing, communication and use of information to support health related decisions and behaviour change by professionals, patients and the public. We focus on improving the flow of patient data and health-related knowledge to improve the safety and productivity of self care, health care and clinical research using a variety of technologies. Our CPD and taught courses address the need for developing capability and capacity in health informatics.

Who we work with

Our research interests are inherently multidisciplinary. We work with clinicians, public health experts, psychologists, computer scientists, ethnographers, epidemiologists, biostatisticians, economists, lawyers, ethicists, management scientists, the NHS and industry.

Who we are


Head of Health Services Research
Professor Jenny Hewison

Helen Walters, Academic Support Secretary

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Contact us

Telephone: +44 (0) 113 343 7663