Department of Health Services Research

Key Projects

The Department hosts some key NIHR funded projects, as well as other national and international projects.

Palliative care

  • BEDS Scale:The BEDS has been adopted by the Scottish office Guidelines for assessment in Palliative Care and recommended as the assessment tool to be employed within palliative care by the European Palliative Care Guidelines for Assessment and Management of Depression.
  • Symptom control for lung cancer: The results of this trial has led to a clinical trial of interventions for depression and breathlessness in lung cancer. Following from this work, we recently secured one of the prestigious NIHR early researcher scholarships to allow a clinician to develop pilot work which will lead to an NIHR doctoral fellowship application.

Primary care

  • Fracture in the Elderly Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation III (FEMuR III): FEMuR III is working to determine whether an enhanced community-based rehabilitation programme, following surgical repair of a broken hip, is more effective than usual rehabilitation care. Also, whether the new programme is better value for money for the health service and for personal social care.
  • PROSPER: A Feasibility study and pilot trial of an evidence-based low intensity psychosocial intervention delivered by lay therapists for asylum seekers and refugees.

Public health dentistry

  • PREFER: An NIHR study funded from the Health Services Research and Delivery programme (project 13/33/45). The research is about PREsenting inFormation on dEntal Risk: a systematic review, a Randomised Controlled Trial and an ethnography. A first look summary of findings is now available
  • RETURN: A £2.36 million NIHR study funded by the Programme for Applied Research funding stream. RETURN stands for ‘InteRventions to rEduce inequaliTies in the Uptake of Routine deNtal care.’ The research, which aims to develop and test an intervention for users of urgent dental services, started in August 2018. We are currently developing the intervention with extensive involvement of patients and the public and plan to share our findings and the intervention prototype at a national stakeholder event in 2019. After a feasibility study in year 2, we plan to go on to recruit over 1,000 adults to a randomised control trial to test its effectiveness. All field work will be done in Merseyside and Cheshire. For more information please contact the Chief Investigator Professor Rebecca Harris

Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care North West Coast (CLAHRC NWC)

CLAHRC NWC is the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care North West. Universities, local authorities, NHS organisations and the public working together to research innovation and deliver projects that will improve public health, wellbeing and quality of care across Cheshire, Merseyside, South Cumbria and Lancashire. Read more


NIHR Research Design Service North West

Liverpool is part of the Research Design Service North West, along with the Universities of Manchester and Lancaster. The Research Design Service provides academic support and guidance to the researchers and the NHS about competitive research grant applications. Read more