Centre for Health Sciences and Services

The Centre for Health Sciences and Services is uniquely placed to bring together academic researchers and health professionals in nursing and allied health sciences and services both within the University and externally.

Building on established local, national and international partnerships the Centre will deliver interdisciplinary, collaborative, high quality health research and enterprise projects to advance knowledge designed to improve the health of the population.

Central to our work will be a focus on working with patients and the public to ensure research is relevant for those whose health we aim to improve.

Together the members of the Centre will provide a home for the development of research and enterprise knowledge and skills in students, staff and health service users from undergraduates to postdoctoral researchers, early career and independent researchers.

In a time of rising demand and financial constraint on the national health service, replicated around the world, our Centre will focus on developing research and enterprise leaders of the future and delivering projects, in collaboration with service users, to identify innovative solutions designed to address these national and global challenges to health.

Aims and Objectives of the Centre for 2018 – 2021


  • To deliver innovative interdisciplinary collaborative research and enterprise in partnership with patients and the public* to address local, national and international health agenda
  • To align our research and enterprise activity to the University of Northampton’s Changemaker Plus Challenge 2 (to make Northamptonshire the leading county in the UK for Health and Wellbeing)
  • To develop health research and enterprise leaders, including clinical academics, for today and tomorrow in collaboration with our health service partners
  • To diversify income streams to include knowledge transfer activities, continuing professional development and intellectual property.

*The term ‘patients and the public’ is used interchangeably with the term ‘service users’.

Our work

Current projects

Project name Staff involved
UON and Age UK Northamptonshire report: A place for me? Older people and the future Northampton town centre
ASK PETra (part of ASK SNIFF) Sarah Neill (PI), Natasha Bayes
Barnet resilient schools programme evaluation project Tania Hart (PI), Rosalyn Collings, Natasha Bayes
Before Arrival at Hospital (BeArH) project Sarah Neill (PI), Kim Woodbridge-Dodd, Natasha Bayes
Lutterworth Care and Share Evaluation Alison Ward
CyGen project Michelle Pyer (PI), Helen Lomax (VP), Jane Murray (FEH), Kim Woodbridge-Dodd
Workplace wellbeing Jackie Campbell, Michelle Pyer, Kim Woodbridge-Dodd
Pink House Craft Club Evaluation Alison Ward
Making Every Contact Count (MECC) Training Evaluation Alison Ward

Three Peaks in Four Weeks

Join Nussy Cheema, Alison Ward, and Age UK Northamptonshire in a virtual climb of the Three Peaks Challenge. During March we will be raising money for Age UK Northamptonshire by climbing Britain’s three highest peaks in a stair climb. Find out more about the challenge and how to register to join us by downloading the information sheet.

Contact Us

Centre Lead

Dr Sarah Neill, Associate Professor in Children’s Nursing Sarah.neill@northampton.ac.uk

Deputy Centre Lead

Ali Ward, Researcher Alison.ward@northampton.ac.uk