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Dr Ashra Khanom

Research Fellow, Medicine

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 606649

Email address

Welsh language proficiency

Basic Welsh Speaker

Research Links

Open plan office CNH / CMED - 203
Second Floor
Institute of Life Science 2
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Ashra is a Health and Care Research Wales, Research Fellow within the PRIME Centre Wales, Wales Centre for Primary and Emergency (including Unscheduled) Care Research at Swansea University Medical School (SUMS). Her research interests are in the area of prevention and early intervention addressing health inequities and unequal access to health service use using novel methodologies such as data linkage, novel qualitative methods and patient and public involvement and engagement, to coproduce evidence based research. Ashra has experience of conducting research with asylum seekers and refugees (this study now forms part of the British Medical Association (BMA) Refugee and asylum seeker patient health toolkit2), cancer patients, patients seeking mental health support and in early years research, examining the impact of health and lifestyle during pregnancy on infant health. Ashra is currently teaching on the Health Services Research module for the BSc Population Health and Medical Sciences within SUMS. 

Areas Of Expertise

  • Health Services Research
  • Public Involvement and Engagement
  • Qualitative methods
  • Data Linkage
  • Asylum seekers and refugees
  • Mental health
  • Decision making and risk perception
  • Early years – childhood obesity

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

PM-263 Health Services Research 

This module is designed to further develop students knowledge and understanding of the ways in which different healthcare systems, structures and organisations impact on health populations. It utilises examples from Health Services Research, to examine how people get access to health care practitioners and health care services, how much care costs, and what happens to patients as a result of this care. In addition, the module will explore how social factors, health policy, financing systems, organizational structures and health processes, medical technology, and personal behaviours affect access to health care, the quality and cost of health care, and quantity and quality of life. 


2020  Co-applicant: MRC/AHRC/ESRC Adolescence, Mental Health and the Developing Mind Engagement Awards, 'Be Seen: an arts-led participatory approach to understanding 'big data' in young people's mental health and use of images by young people. Project with asylum seeker and refugee community (£97,693)

2019   Co-applicant: PRIME: Wales Centre for Primary & Emergency Care Research. Funder: Health and Care Research Wales (£4,855,662)

2018   Co-applicant: NIHR, HS&D, STRETchED: STRategies to manage Emergency ambulance Telephone Callers with sustained high needs - an Evaluation using linked Data, £637,244.98 

2018   Chief Investigator: Health and Research Wales Fellowship, InFORM: Improving care for people who Frequently call 999: co-production of guidance through an Observational study using Routine linked data and Mixed methods, (£300,409) 

2017   Co-applicant: Public Health Wales, HEAR: Asylum seeker and refugees access to health and wellbeing services in Wales, (£45,000) 

2016   Co-applicant: Pathways to Portfolio Hywel Dda University Health Board: To assess the feasibility of evaluating the impact of Solva Care - including linked data: a community led project set up by Solva Community Council to improve local people’s health and quality of life, (£10,000) 

Award Highlights
  •  Health and Care Research Wales Patient and Public Involvement Award 


  • Swansea University Medical School, 2019 Public Engagement Award recognising the novel approach taken in this research to use Peer Researchers (speaking four languages) from the asylum seeking and refugee communities 


Royal College of General Practitioners Conference, Liverpool 2019, third prize for Best Research Award 


Ashra’s research work has included collaboration with the Welsh Ambulance Service (WAST) and Third Sector Organisations in Wales who support asylum seekers and refugees in Wales.