Research and scholarship activity underpins our core purpose which is to advance educational knowledge and practice. It informs our teaching and engagement with employers and practitioners.

Research, scholarship and knowledge exchange in The Department of Health, Psychology and Social Studies fit seamlessly together. As a department we collaborate with others across the university including The Department of Medical and Sport Science.

Research is undertaken in the following areas:

  • Interpersonal violence
  • Interprofessional practice
  • Service delivery for NHS and care organisations and users
  • New models of learning
  • Learning disabilities
  • Rehabilitation
  • Health improvement and public health
  • Mental health
  • Sport and physical activity
  • Health technology initiatives

The Cumbrian Centre for Health Technologies (CaCHeT)

The Cumbrian Centre for Health Technologies is a specialised unit providing research and consultancy in health technologies and digital health adoption for health and social care providers, commissioners and technology companies.

CaCHeT is recognised as a key part of the local Cumbria and Lancashire health economy, working closely with providers, commissioners and suppliers. We are widely recognised as an expert unit to support digital health development, innovation and adoption, with strong national and international links. CaCHeT is also recognised for expertise in rural health issues, as founding partner in the Cumbria Rural Health Forum.

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Active Ageing Research Group

The Active Ageing Research Group is committed to helping older individuals maintain independence and quality of life through scientific research which can be readily used and translated into practical applications; in other words, focusing on impact, without compromising scientific rigour.

Physical degeneration is a consequence of older age, and it can severely affect quality of life. The potentially disabling effects of ageing, however, can be mitigated with regular physical activity.

Maintaining functional ability and consequently independent living is of prime importance for the individuals concerned, so they can enjoy living longer and fulfilled retirement years. Additionally, it can relieve the inevitable stress on the NHS, with the number of people aged 65+ projected to rise by nearly 50% in the next 20 years.

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