Professor Helen Snooks
Personal Professor
Telephone: (01792) 513418
Room: Office - 205
Second Floor
Institute of Life Science 2
Singleton Campus

I am currently Professor of Health Services Research in the Medical School at Swansea University. I lead the Patient and Population Health theme within the School. I am also seconded for one and half days a week to the NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC) at University of Southampton as Journals Editor and Senior Scientific Advisor.

My main research interests and expertise lie in the fields of Emergency Pre-hospital and Unscheduled Care, Clinical Audit and Effectiveness, and research support. In these areas, the focus of my work is to plan, design and carry out evaluations of health technologies and new models of service delivery which often involve changing roles and working across boundaries between service providers. My work is strongly patient-focused and collaborative, and uses mixed methods to achieve study aims.

Areas of Expertise

  • Health services and delivery research
  • Health Technology Assessment
  • Health Informatics related to: Emergency and Unscheduled Care; Chronic Conditions Management


  1. & Referral pathways for patients with TIA avoiding hospital admission: a scoping review. BMJ Open 7(2), e013443
  2. & A review of enhanced paramedic roles during and after hospital handover of stroke, myocardial infarction and trauma patients. BMC Emergency Medicine 17(1)
  3. & Advice given by NHS Direct in Wales: do deprived patients get more urgent decisions? Study of routine data. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 71(9), 849-856.
  4. & Assessment of consent models as an ethical consideration in the conduct of prehospital ambulance randomised controlled clinical trials: a systematic review. BMC Medical Research Methodology 17(1)
  5. et. al. Support and Assessment for Fall Emergency Referrals (SAFER) 2: a cluster randomised trial and systematic review of clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of new protocols for emergency ambulance paramedics to assess older people following a fall with referral to community-based care when appropriate. Health Technology Assessment 21(13), 1-218.

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  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Ms Bridie Evans
    Other supervisor: Prof Helen Snooks
  • Emergency admission risk prediction tools in general practice: opportunities and challenges (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Hayley Hutchings
    Other supervisor: Dr Alison Porter
    Other supervisor: Prof Helen Snooks
  • Paramedic Supplied "Take Home" Naloxone Feasibility of Randomised Trial (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Alan Watkins
    Other supervisor: Prof Ian Russell
    Other supervisor: Dr Alan Watkins
    Other supervisor: Prof Helen Snooks
  • Pre-Hospital Analgesia for Patients with Hip Fracture: existing methods and opportunities for improvement (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Ian Pallister
    Other supervisor: Prof Greg Fegan
    Other supervisor: Prof Helen Snooks

Key Grants and Projects

  • Predictive Risk Stratification: a Trial in Chronic Conditions Management 2009 - 2015

    , with M Kingston, H Hutchings, £691,101

  • Thematic Research network for emergency UnScheduled and Trauma Care 2010 - 2015

    , £613,532

  • Promoting effective and rapid stroke care 2014 - 2019

    , with G.Ford, £1,978,718

  • Centre for Improvement of Population Health through E-health Research 2012 - 2017

    , with R.Lyons, £6,738,271

  • Developing new ways of measuring the impact of ambulance service care. 2011 - 2016

    , with J. Turner, N. Siriwardena, £1,980,060

  • HEAR – The health and wellbeing of asylum seekers and refuges in Wales: Public Health Wales 2017

    , £44,956

  • TIME – Take home naloxone Intervention Multi centre Emergency setting, feasibility trial. Funder: NIHR HTA 2017

    , £563,235.67

  • GPs In EDs 2017

    , £943,936

  • Co-applicant: PHRASe 2016

    Pre-Hospital Recognition and Antibiotics for 999 patients with Severe sepsis: a feasibility trial. Funder: H&CRW, £229,998

  • Chief Investigator: NHS 111 England 2016

    NHS 111 Integrated Urgent Care Workforce Development Programme – Pilot, testing and evaluation project: Evaluation Support Tender. Funder: NHS England and Health Education England , £50,000

  • Co-applicant: ExPLAIN 2016

    Exploring factors increasing Paramedics’ likelihood of administering Analgesia in pre-hospital pain: cross sectional study. Funder: Falck Foundation, £28,000

  • Health and Care Research Wales Senior Research Leaders: 2016

    , £45,000

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
May 2006 Present Professor of Health Services Research Swansea University Medical School
January 2000 April 2006 Senior Lecturer in Health & Social Care Research Mid & West Wales R&D Support Unit, Clinical School, University of Wales, Swansea
June 1995 December 1999 Clinical Audit and Research Manager London Ambulance Service NHS Trust
January 1991 May 1995 Research Associate Medical Care Research Unit, University of Sheffield
May 1985 January 1987 Research Assistant and then District Information Officer Redbridge Health Authority, Essex
September 1984 January 1985 Statistician Ministry of Housing, Juba, Sudan
January 1980 September 1980 Research Assistant Manpower Services Commission, London