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Professor Helen Snooks

Professor of Health Services Research, Health Data Science

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 513418

Email address

Office - 205
Second Floor
Institute of Life Science 2
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Helen Snooks is Professor of Health Services Research and Research Lead for the Medical School, at Swansea University. Helen leads the Patient and Population Health and Informatics research theme within the School. Helen is seconded for 0.5 days per week to the National Institute for Health Research Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC) at University of Southampton, as Health Technology Assessment Journal Editor, and 0.75 days per week as Health Services and Delivery Research Journal Editor and Senior Editor.  Helen led the Trials Unit in Swansea to full registration with the UKCRN, retaining a strong interest in experimental evaluation methods and has a strong record of grant capture (> £45 million). Helen’s main research interests and expertise lie in the fields of Emergency Pre-hospital and Unscheduled Care, Primary Care, and research support. In these areas, the focus of her 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. The research is applied, pragmatic and leads to change and impact in the real world of policy and practice. Helen actively encourages and supports public and patient involvement in her research to enhance relevance, accountability and quality. Helen’s work is strongly patient-focused and collaborative and uses mixed methods to achieve study aims.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Emergency Pre-hospital and Unscheduled Care
  • Primary care
  • Research support

Career Highlights


Long term Prime Centre Wales research funding allows the team to develop research ideas into proposals, gain funding and support the delivery and dissemination of research findings, in order to make an impact on policy and practice. Helen’s focus is on primary and emergency care, with recent funded studies evaluating 999 care for people with sustained high needs (STRETCHED); assessing the feasibility of a randomised trial to evaluate take home naloxone for people at high risk of fatal opioid overdose; evaluating GPs in emergency departments; understanding what influences paramedics to carry out a prehospital ECG in patients with confirmed MI; and understanding the health experiences of asylum seekers and refugees. Helen is currently working actively to increase the impact of the PRISMATIC study - evaluating the use of predictive risk in primary care:


Helen is also actively leading or supporting dissemination activities - publications and presentations across a range of completed studies, including prehospital use of fascia iliaca compartment block in suspected hip fracture; prehospital care for patients with TIA; extended roles for paramedics in primary care and care homes.

Award Highlights Collaborations