Health Services Research MPhil/PhD/MD

Major code: HPMR/HPPR/HPMD


About us

Department of Health Services Research

The Department of Health Services Research is involved in investigating the impact of health services interventions at the community and population levels – including health economics and related statistical modelling.  We bring together a strong multidisciplinary team covering a wide range of clinical topics and healthcare contexts and settings.  Expertise covers effectiveness reviews, research into complex interventions, the organisation of healthcare, patient and public perspectives and the impact of new technology, organisational innovations and approaches to management and prevention. The Department includes members of the Divisions of Primary Care and Public Health, the Dental School, and HaCCRU - the Health and Community Care Research Unit and LRiG - Liverpool Reviews and Implementation Group.

Institute of Psychology, Health and Society

The Institute of Psychology, Health and Society conducts world-leading research into the effectiveness of health services, the social origins of health and social inequalities in healthcare, mental health and well-being, including the evaluation of a wide range of psychosocial interventions and therapies and conduct internationally acclaimed research into many aspects of psychology and human behaviour, including perception, language development, pain, addiction, appetite, and offending behaviour. We work collaboratively; the Institute employs academic GPs, public health professionals, psychologists from a range of professional backgrounds, psychiatrists, nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and social scientists. Our research groups work with colleagues from hugely diverse backgrounds; from academic colleagues from many Universities across the world, with industrial partners, with the NHS and other healthcare providers, politicians and political administrators, the police and partners across civil society.

We work across the world - from investigating respiratory disease in central America, through promoting the psychological well-being of young mothers in the middle east to studying attitudes towards epilepsy in Asia - and across widely different aspects of human behaviour - from innovative therapies for many different psychological problems, managing substance use and obesity, through helping people return to work after periods of ill-health and innovative food policies through to the policing of terrorist incidents. In all these areas, our work is characterised by a focus on research excellence and by attention to the real world impact of our scholarship. In addition to our large and active programme of postgraduate research, we contribute substantially to undergraduate teaching in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, and many of us provide clinical services through local NHS Trusts.

Staff research interests

Dr Paula Byrne
E: Paula.byrne@liv.ac.uk
Invisible or hidden work in the making and use of medical knowledge; communication of test results; the use and abuse of primary care services; sickness certification; and the use of medical technologies.

Dr Lucy Frith
E: l.j.frith@liv.ac.uk
Lucy is interested in supervising research students in the following areas: general topics in bioethics and health care ethics, social approaches to health and well-being and social science methods in bioethics (empirical ethics).  Her particular interests are: reproductive technologies (infertility treatment, embryo and gamete donation, organisation of fertility care); maternity and childbirth (ante-natal care and organisation of maternity provision); ethical decision-making and health care public policy and organisation.

Professor Mark Gabbay
E: m.b.gabbay@liv.ac.uk  
Head of Department and Director of the NIHR CLAHRC NWC. Mark is Professor of General Practice. He leads the Fit for Work Research Group investigating absenteeism and presenteeism, factors influencing development of incapacity for work, sickness certification processes. He leads the Developing Understanding and Evaluating Complex Interventions and Behaviours in Liverpool Univeristy (DUECIBLU) Group. His research portfolio covers or has covered innovation, complex interventions and Health Inequalities including trials of treatments; mental health and wellbeing; sexual health and substance misuse.

Professor Mari Lloyd-Williams
E: mlw@liv.ac.uk
Palliative care services for cancer and noncancer patients; psychosocial needs and psychiatric morbidity in palliative care patients and effects of illness in different patient groups eg adolescents and older people.

Professor Susan Higham
E: s.m.higham@liv.ac.uk
In vitro and in situ modelling and clinical trials to study dental caries, periodontal diseases and erosion. Dental plaque metabolism and plaque regrowth studies. Development of novel optical technologies to quantify mineral loss/gain in vivo using orthodontic, restorative and xerostomic patients and other clinical applications.

Dr Chris Hope
E: chope@liv.ac.uk
In vitro modelling of oral microbiological processes; including dental caries, supragingival plaque biofilm, subgingival plaque biofilm (periodontitis), oral malodour and endodontic irrigation.

Dr Sabeel Valappil
E: S.Valappil@liv.ac.uk
Oral bacteriology and biomaterials; especially the molecular analysis of oral bacteria, nano scale investigation of colonisation of dental materials by oral flora, development of antibacterial agents to combat both planktonic and biofilm bacteria. Assessment of potential role of oral bacteria in systemic diseases including periodontitis and diabetes.

Professor Neil Pender
E: n.pender@liv.ac.uk
Clinical trials, in vitro and in situ studies on prevention of dental disease in orthodontics. Orthodontic clinical technique studies

Dr. Phil Smith
E: p.w.smith@liv.ac.uk
Translational in vitro and clinical research involving plaque related diseases; dental caries and periodontal diseases, plus psychological aspects of removable prosthetics.

Dr Norah Flannigan
E: NLF@liv.ac.uk
Clinical trials, in situ caries models, prevention of dental diseases in orthodontics

Dr. Sophie Desmons
E: sophie.desmons@liv.ac.uk
In vitro and in vivo analysis of impaired bone healing in the presence of bisphosphonates or radiotherapy

Dr Antony Preston
E: a.j.preston@liv.ac.uk
In vitro and in situ modelling of dental caries and tooth wear processes and management strategies. 

Dr Jayne Harrison
E: Jayne.Harrison@rlbuht.nhs.uk
Orthodontic clinical trials; Cochrane systematic reviews; publication issues; clinical orthodontic studies.

Dr. Lesley Longman
E: lplong@liv.ac.uk
Clinical trials around special care dentistry and medically compromised patients

Professor Mark Gabbay

We provide an excellent, supportive environment, enabling you to undertake robust research, building your skills and expertise to conduct research that has the potential to have real impacts. We have highly active, internationally renowned research groups and, in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014), 95% of our research activity was rated as of international standard.