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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 Nursing and Midwifery 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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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.

Sherriff, N.S., and Gugglberger, L. (2013). A European Seal of Approval in HIV prevention for 'gay' businesses: findings from an HIV prevention pilot project in eight European countries. Perspectives in Public Health. DOI:10.1177/1757913913481540.

Contemporary British Autoethnography – forthcoming book edited by Dr Nigel Short, Dr Lydia Turner and Dr Alec Grant.
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Intravenous diuretic delivery in the home – Christine Watson, senior lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery publishes article in the Nursing Times


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


New staff for CHR

CHR is pleased to welcome Jörg Huber as Professor of Health Sciences who joins us from the University of Northampton. Professor Huber has a background in behavioural health sciences and works in the area of health and wellbeing. He joined us on 13 January 2014 and will contribute to the CHR and take on the role as academic lead for the NIHR Research Design Service SE (

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SHS external postdoctoral secondment

SHS external postdoctoral secondment

Interviews were held on 11 November 2013 and Dr Emily McWhirter was offered the fellowship to commence on 1 February 2014. Dr McWhirter will be seconded from the Kent, Surrey, Sussex Air Ambulance Trust where she is employed as Head of Quality, Improvement and Service Delivery. Dr McWhirter undertook her doctoral studies in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Brighton and it is pleasing to see her start a clinical academic career with the university.


Resilience case study featured in Chief Medical Officer's annual report

'Resilience practice with families and children' (Professor Angie Hart, Boing Boing and community partners) has been featured as a case study on p.38 of the Chief Medical Officer's annual report which has just been published.
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