Alison Porter

Dr Alison Porter

Associate Professor in Health Services Research, Health Data Science

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 602057

Email address

Office - 204
Second Floor
Institute of Life Science 2
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Alison is a research leader in the study of the organisation and delivery of health services. Health services research is part of Swansea University Medical School’s commitment to engaged, real world research aimed at improving health care provision for the benefit of patients, those working in the field, and the wider public.  The health services research team specialises in unscheduled and emergency care, and also deals with initiatives in primary and community care to reduce unscheduled health care use, such as predictive risk modelling and chronic conditions management. 

Alison is joint lead for emergency and unscheduled care for PRIME Centre Wales, the research centre focusing on primary and emergency care, funded by Health and Care Research Wales to develop and coordinate research proposals and support researchers 

Alison is primarily a qualitative researcher and often collaborates on mixed methods studies, including those using anonymised linked datasets. She is particularly interested in organisational aspects of health care delivery, including decision making and attitudes to risk in healthcare interactions, implementation of technology, the role of data in commissioning, communication between service providers and patients, and the role of patients and the public in shaping service delivering and the research agenda. She also has research interests in health inequalities, disability, social care, ageing and geographies of health. 

She is interested in hearing from any potential new research students with relevant interests. 

Current research projects include: 

  • STRETCHED – an evaluation of case management for high intensity users of emergency ambulance services – funded by NIHR HS&DR
  • INFORM - co-production of guidance for the care of people who are high intensity users of emergency ambulances services – funded by Health and Care Research Wales
  • GPs in EDs – an evaluation of the impact of different models of using GPs in or alongside emergency departments – funded by NIHR HS&DR
  • PARE – an evaluation of rotational paramedics in the Pacesetter initiative – funded by Welsh Government/Betsi Cadwaladr UHB
  • ARRIVE – a feasibility study evaluating the impact of paramedics working in primary care – funded by Health and Care Research Wales 


Areas Of Expertise

  • Health Services Research
  • Qualitative methods
  • Emergency and unscheduled care