Research & Knowledge Exchange

The Department of Health Professions provides a vibrant research community for a diversity of academic staff and postgraduate students. Research in the Department is applied, impactful, and underpins our teaching.

Health Professions researchers collaborate regionally, nationally and internationally, funded by sources such as NIHR, Big Lottery, Mencap and the Nuffield Foundation, as well as local NHS Trusts. Through engagement in professional and service user groups, including the Faculty’s own service users and carers forum, staff members are kept informed of service users’ views about research priorities. Our research is disseminated in high quality peer reviewed journals as well as in contexts accessible to practitioners, clients and their families.

Excellent research is carried out in a number of areas including

Departmental researchers benefit from active engagement with the Research Institute for Health and Social Change, and from seminars and training activities offered by the Greater Manchester Allied Health Professions Research Network and the North West Qualitative Research Group in Health. Contact Dr Julie Marshall for more information.

Many staff members supervise postgraduate research, at Masters and Doctoral level, and frequently publish collaboratively with students.

For further information contact Dr Julie Marshall for an informal chat.

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Knowledge Exchange

The Department has a long tradition of contributing to Knowledge Exchange and there is engagement in a wide range of activities through research, commercialisation of research and teaching, technology transfer, delivery of professional and continuing education courses, public/community engagement, and expertise-sharing through professional bodies. Increasingly the focus is on demand-driven collaborative activity, addressing the needs of the key stakeholders.

Work is carried with a wide range of client organisations, particularly Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and through knowledge exchange activities, including: Services to Business and the Third Sector; Contract Research and Consultancy; Continuous Professional Development (CPD)/training; Public and Community Engagement. On campus, clinic facilities in Acupuncture, Physiotherapy, and Speech and Language Therapy are available to the general public.