Centre for Applied Health and Social Care Research

Welcome to the Centre for Applied Health and Social Care Research (CAHSCR). We work inter-professionally to improve health and social care outcomes for all. Explore out website to find out about our research, see upcoming events and read expert opinions. If you would like to join our busy research team, we also have a range of research degrees for you to consider.

Director of the Centre

Director of the Centre

Director of the Centre

Professor Priscilla Harries

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About us

Our mission, aims and objectives


  • Our mission is to deliver applied health and social care research, as well as research pertaining to the education of healthcare professionals, which addresses the key questions and concerns of those using, providing, and commissioning health and social care services.
  • Our vision is to work inter-professionally to improve health and social care outcomes for all social groups irrespective of class, gender, age, ethnicity, sexuality, disability, and mental or physical health needs. We will do this through undertaking and showcasing research that will enhance evidence-based education, promoting public engagement and maximising the effective organisation and delivery of health and social care services.
  • Our strategic plans reflect that of our two parent Universities (Kingston University and St. George's, University of London).

Aims and objectives

  • address health and social care questions of importance to the public, patients, professionals, service managers, commissioners and policy makers
  • contribute to the advancement of knowledge in health and social care professional practice, services and policy in order to achieve a national and international reputation for research excellence.
  • promote a positive and vibrant environment for research scholarship that promotes the research capacity of our academics and the professional communities and values research engagement among academics, students and our wider communities
  • increase our research grant and contract income; the volume and quality of both our research publications and research degree students,
  • deliver impact for the public, professional practice, services, education and policy i.e. on the world out-with our Universities.

CAHSCR Advisory board

  • Dr Caroline Alexander – Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Lead Clinical Academic for Therapies (Physiotherapist)
  • Mr Greg Booth – HEE Intern and PCAF Alumnus (RNOH)
  • Dr Lindsey Cherry – NIHR Academic Training Advocate (Podiatrist)
  • Prof Joy Conway – National research lead for the advancing clinical practitioner agenda (Health Education England)
  • Ms Jo Cull – NIHR CDRF - Croydon University Hospital (Midwife)
  • Dr Owen Driskell – NIHR Academic Training Advocate (Clinical Scientist)
  • Professor Rachael Fothergill – Head of Research and Audit, London Ambulance Service NHS Trust (Paramedic)
  • Dr Hortensia Gimeno – HEE Post Doc Bridging fellow, Evelina Hospital (Occupational therapist)
  • Professor Ruth Harris – CoDH Clinical Academic Roles and Career Pathways Implementation Network representative (Nurse)
  • Prof Mary Hickson – NIHR Academic Training Advocate (Dietetian)
  • Professor Heather Jarman Clinical – Academic Lead, Emergency Dept., St George's University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (Nurse)
  • Dr Cherry Kilbride – AHP Research Lead, Royal Free (Physiotherapist)
  • Ms Jackie Matthew – NIHR CDRF, St Thomas's Hospital (Radiographer)
  • Mr Paul McLaughlin – NIHR CDRF, Royal Free Hospital (Physiotherapist)
  • Dr Glenn Nielsen – NIHR Post Doc Clinical Lecturer Fellow, St George's University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Ms Rafiah Patel – NIHR CDRF,St George's University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, SALT
  • Dr Gita Rhamdharry – Consultant AHP UCLH, NIHR Academic Training Advocate (Physiotherapist)
  • Ms Anna Robinson – NIHR PCAF Bridge fellow, CNWL (Speech and Language Therapist)
  • Emeritus Prof Fiona Ross – Equality, Diversity and Inclusion lead for Steering group, REF 2021 EDAP panel member
  • Dr Brendon Stubbs – NIHR Post Doc Clinical Lecturer Fellow, SLAM (Physiotherapist)

RISE Research Leadership Academy

The Centre also delivers the RISE Research Leadership Academy. The next Academy is planned for 2022.

Upcoming research events

There are currently no upcoming events.

Research degrees

Become an expert in your chosen field through in-depth study and original research

As well as providing a route to an academic career, a research degree from Kingston University can increase your opportunities for employment in commercial research and development, consultancy and many other areas of both the public and private sectors.

Our research staff actively publish research and participate in conferences. Many also maintain business and industry links or are active practitioners of their subjects. This means that you will be working with people at the forefront of the latest thinking and practice.