Health Sciences, Nursing & Midwifery

The School of Health Sciences is home to innovative research and inspiring and passionate staff. A leading provider of undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development education, we’re ranked second in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2016 and scored highly in the latest National Student Survey.

What we're researching

Use and impact of the pre-hospital electrocardiogram

Do people have a better chance of surviving a heart attack if they have an electrocardiogram (ECG) recorded in the ambulance before they reach hospital?

We’re analysing data from around half a million patients, covering every hospital in England and Wales. By identifying the types of patient who are less likely to receive an ECG in the ambulance, we’ll see the impact this test has on patients’ access to specialist treatment and, ultimately, their survival.

Our research — sponsored by the British Heart Foundation — will influence future national and international guidelines and equipment funding decisions by the NHS. It’s potentially lifesaving work.

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Improving prostate cancer care

Prostate cancer is the most prevalent male cancer across Europe. More than two million men are living with the disease and the side effects of treatment.

We’re running a randomised controlled trial to test the effectiveness of self-management intervention to help men cope with the side-effects of radiotherapy treatment for prostate cancer.

The trial, run in collaboration with the Royal Surrey County Hospital, Frimley Park Hospital, East Surrey Hospital, Basingstoke Hospital and Ashford St. Peter’s Hospital, involves teaching men specialist cognitive and behavioural techniques via sessions with a prostate cancer nurse. 96 men who are experiencing moderate to severe urinary symptoms are taking part. The sessions start with a 15 minute film, made by University of Surrey, called ‘Getting down to coping’.

Following our study, a wider number of men will be offered the sessions. The study will be used as a basis for identifying and targeting patients’ individual needs and as a framework for managing other difficult-to-treat symptoms.

Writing a radio play to improve the care of older people

How do you improve the bedside manner of the nurses of the future?

At University of Surrey, student nurses worked with forum members from Age UK West Sussex to write and perform a radio play to highlight the importance of understanding older people. The project aimed to foster greater empathy among student nurses and improve their knowledge of the requirements of people under their care.

It’s a novel approach, but it works.

Dr Khim Horton, project leader, said: “Some people have stereotypical views about ageing. The radio play challenged and hopefully will change the culture of practice among our students.”

The e-health revolution

Over three million people are diagnosed with cancer each year in Europe, and with numbers likely to increase, there's a growing need for personalised care - without a higher cost.

Researchers at the University of Surrey are pioneering a €6m project that could revolutionise cancer care, and reduce costly hospital visits, by using mobile phone technology to remotely monitor patients undergoing chemotherapy.

Learn more about the eSMART project

Improving quality of life for those affected by long-term conditions

From investigating how to better services for people with dementia, diabetes and cancer, to exploring healthy ageing and the emotional burden of caregiving, our research into the care of people with long-term conditions makes a life changing difference.

With collaborations across many disciplines, including the arts and engineering, our health researchers are breaking new ground in areas that affect us all.

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