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

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.

Contact: Paula.byrne@liv.ac.uk | +44 (0)151 795 5308


Professor Rumona Dickson

Implemenation of research findings into health care practice; Systematic reviewing assessing clinical and cost effectiveness.

Contact: R.Dickson@liverpool.ac.uk | +44 (0)151 794 5682


Dr Lucy Frith

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.

Contact: l.j.frith@liv.ac.uk | +44 (0)151 795 5333


Professor Mark Gabbay

Mark is Professor of General Practice. His research interests include investigating absenteeism and presenteeism, factors influencing development of incapacity for work, sickness certification processes, complex interventions and health inequalities including trials of treatments; mental health and wellbeing; sexual health and substance misuse.

Contact: m.b.gabbay@liv.ac.uk | +44 (0)151 794 5610


Professor Rebecca Harris

Rebecca is Professor of Dental Public Health. She is interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of inequalities in oral health and service use, community health interventions both nationally and globally, dental service organisations and delivery of care, dental clinical trials, public policy and health education/ promotion.

Contact: harrisrv@liverpool.ac.uk | +44 (0)151 795 5334


Professor Susan Higham

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.

Contact: s.m.higham@liv.ac.uk | +44 (0)151 706 5251


Dr Ruaraidh Hill

Contact: Ruaraidh.Hill@liverpool.ac.uk | +44(0) 151 794 5569


Professor Mari Lloyd-Williams

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 e.g. adolescents and older people.

Contact: mlw@liv.ac.uk | +44 (0)151 794 5605


Professor Elizabeth Perkins

Contact: E.Perkins@liverpool.ac.uk | +44 (0)151 794 5909


Professor Fiona Rowe

Contact: Rowef@liverpool.ac.uk | +44 (0)151 794 4956


Professor Richard Whittington

Contact: Whitting@liverpool.ac.uk | +44 (0)151 794 5621


Professor Nefyn Williams

Contact: Nefyn.Williams@liverpool.ac.uk | +44 (0)151 795 5305

Professor Rebecca Harris

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 work in an stimulating multi-disciplinary environment using a range of research methods. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014), 95% of our research activity was rated as of international standard.