Health and Social Care Research Centre

All our Health and Social Care research has a purpose. We really make a difference and directly help organisations to solve real world problems and build healthy, sustainable communities.


We are developing a reputation for Health and Social Care research that is making a regional difference. And the Centre’s work includes internationally renowned research in Compassion and Mindfulness, led by Professor Paul Gilbert.

We believe it is vital our research impacts upon learning and the advancement of the health sector. We want to improve the practice of health and social care professionals and, in particular, enhance the quality of care for patients and service users.

Our work helps people from all walks of life, from new mothers going through childbirth to parents preparing packed lunches to frail older people in care homes.

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Our objectives

The University of Derby Health and Social Care Research Centre objectives are to:

Our research areas

Our research is grouped together in the following six themes. We welcome correspondence with health and social care practitioners, academics, researchers and potential doctoral students who would wish to work with us on projects related to these themes.

Contact us

You can contact our Health and Social Care Research Centre by emailing Nicola Barnett at or by emailing