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Centre for Health Research

The Centre for Health Research (CHR) responds to a broad health agenda through research that spans the continuum from the study of factors maintaining and promoting health and wellbeing, to helping health professionals deal effectively with illness, disease, and recovery trajectories.

The university has approved a merger of the School of Health Sciences with the School of Health Professions as the new School of Health Sciences. The merger will come into effect in January 2014. You can access the website for the School of Health Professions' research centre, the Clinical Research Centre for Health Professions, at

The CHR prides itself on its European and international research links and these, together with its close association with NHS researchers through the co-located NIHR Research Design Service South East, provide a vibrant environment for researchers and students who want to carry out research that results in positive changes to policy and practice.

As part of its commitment to research-led practice and a research-informed curriculum, staff from the centre regularly act as external speakers, advisors and experts to national and international bodies, as well as providing lectures and seminars internally. In addition, the centre's research seminars provide an opportunity for staff and students to debate and critique progressive research and methodological positions.

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Gugglberger, L and Hall, C. (2014) Is There a Need for a European Doctorate in Health Promotion and Public Health? Health Education Journal, DOI: 10.1177/0017896914530584.

Hall, C. (2014) Developing a competent global health promotion workforce: pedagogy and practice, commissioned by the Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand,

Sherriff, N., Gugglberger, L., Scholes, J. and Hall, C. (2014) Practical, Ethical, and Methodological Considerations in the Use of Focus Groups with Vulnerable Young People. Qualitative Psychology (In press).

Edelman, N, Patel, H, Glasper, A., Bogen-Johnston L (2014), Sexual health risks and health-seeking behaviours among substance-misuing women, Journal of Advanced Nursing, DOI: 10.1111/jan.12442

Sherriff, N.S., Gugglberger, L., and Davies, J.K. (2014). Reducing Health Inequalities through Health Promotion and Structural Funds. Murska Sobota: Institute of Public Health Murska Sobota.

Grant, A. (2013), Troubling 'lived experience': a post-structural critique of mental health nursing qualitative research assumptions, September 2013, Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing.

Zeeman, L., Aranda, K. and Grant, A. (2013), Queer challenges to evidence-based practice, May 2013, DOI: 10.1111/nin.12039

Koutsogeorgou, E., Davies, J.K., Aranda,K., Zissi, A., Chatzikou, M., Cerniauskaite, M., Quintas, R., Raggi, A. and Leonardi, M., Healthy and active ageing: Social capital in health promotion published online, November 2013 Health Education Journal, DOI: 10.1177/0017896913509255.

Sherriff, N.S., Hall, V. and Panton, C. (2013). Engaging and supporting fathers to promote breastfeeding: A concept analysis. Midwifery.


Professor Angie Hart selected for Headstart decision-making panel

Professor Angie Hart has been chosen to be one of the six-strong decision-making panel for Headstart, a £75 million Big Lottery Investment promoting child and adolescent mental resilience in schools via partnership across health, social services, education and the voluntary sector.


Dr Nigel Sherriff to present findings from the Everywhere project in Athens

The EC has invited Dr Nigel Sherriff, Principal Research Fellow in CHR, to present findings from the Everywhere project at a media event in Athens 12-13 June 2014. He will engage with other experts on a panel discussing how to improve quality in HIV prevention programmes in Europe. This is a media event with press representation from the following countries: Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary, Spain, Finland, Poland, Latvia, Romania, Slovenia, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Italy, Estonia.

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Autoethnography in the Health Sciences, 25 June 2014

This research seminar by Dr Alec Grant will examine the main characteristics of autoethnography in relation to qualitative research.

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HEKSS award: Compassion Awareness Training project

Dr Charlotte Ramage is principal investigator for a collaborative Health Education Kent, Surrey, Sussex project on the development of Compassion Awareness Training for the healthcare workforce.

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HEKSS award: An exploration of newly qualified clinical practitioners' support in Kent Surrey and Sussex and how this might be enhanced


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