Health and Care Research Service (HCRS)

We offer a wide range of research and consultancy services to local, national and international health care organisations, social care bodies and voluntary sector organisations.

On a day to day basis we work with health, social care and third-sector organisations to improve the experience of service users, carers and those who work with them.

Our services

With this vast range of expertise we are able to offer services that include:

  • Research design, advice and consultancy
  • Survey design
  • Data collection
  • Quantitative data analysis
  • Qualitative data analysis
  • Evaluation of services
  • Report writing
  • Specialisms

    We have a first-rate research profile and our specialisms include:

    • The understanding of:
      • health risks
      • social exclusion
      • mental health
      • learning difficulties
      • substance misuse
      • gerontology
      • chronic illness
      • service evaluation
      • informatics
      • evidence-based practice

    • The application of psychology and sociology to real-world issues


    We draw upon the wide range of expertise within in the School of Health and Human Sciences as well as associated staff in other university departments. Our staff include academics and clinicians with quantitative and qualitative expertise in a range of health and care related research areas including:

    • health and clinical psychology
    • medical sociology
    • social policy
    • social work
    • informatics
    • management
    • nursing
    • oral health
    • occupational therapy
    • physiotherapy
    • pharmacy
    • speech and language therapy
    • sports science

Recent projects

Health Education East of England
Exploration of the influences on developing and maintaining a successful mentorship process: An investigation of mentorship from multiple perspectives (.pdf).

Home Office and Essex Police
Evaluation of pan-Essex Drug Testing on Arrest (PEDToA) programme.

NHS England
Investing in Specialised Services: Analysis of Responses to an NHS England National Consultation.

Improving eye health and reducing sight loss - a call to action': data analysis and report on the national consultation.

NHS Midlands and East
What are the key factors in the successful implementation of assistant practitioner roles in a health care setting? A service evaluation: A Report on Phases 1 and 2.

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Trust and Norfolk County Council
Evaluation of the Norfolk Perinatal Infant Mental Health Service (PIMHS).

North Essex Clinical Commissioning Group
Care Closer to Home/Urgent Care: Analysis of Responses to the North Essex CCG consultation.

HCRS Directors

Professor Joanna Jackson, EdD, Dean of Health, University of Essex
Dr Ewen Speed, PhD, Research Director, HHS, University of Essex
Dr Susan McPherson, PhD, Mental Health Research, HHS, University of Essex


Contact us

If you are interested in us providing you with one of our services, email us. With our range of specialisms and our experience, we are always happy to discuss your plans and how we can help.

University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ