Dr Alison Porter
Associate Professor in Health Services Research
Biomedical Sciences
Telephone: (01792) 602057

I work in health services research at Swansea University Medical School. Our team specialises in unscheduled and emergency care, and we also deal with initiatives in primary and community care to reduce unscheduled health care use, such as predictive risk modelling and chronic conditions management.

I am primarily a qualitative researcher and often collaborate on mixed methods studies, including those using anonymised linked datasets. I am 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. I also have research interests in health inequalities, disability, social care, ageing and geographies of health.

I am interested in hearing from any potential new research students with relevant interests.

Current research projects include:

  • ERA - Electronic Records in Ambulances, funded by the National Institute for Health Research  - Chief Investigator
  • PRISMATIC, evaluating predictive risk modelling in primary care, funded by the National Institute for Health Research
  • TIER  - feasibility trial of a new referral pathway for patients with suspected TIA who call 999, funded by Health and Care Research Wales
  • PHED Data - a study with the London Ambulance Service of the feasibility and potential of linking anonymised routine data from the ambulance service with data from acute hospitals, funded by the Health Foundation
  • EARPS – a study examining use of predictive risk tools in primary care across the UK, funded by ABMU.

I am a member of PRIME Centre Wales, the research centre focusing on primary and emergency care, funded by Health and Care Research Wales in order to develop and coordinate research proposals and support researchers http://www.primecentre.wales/.

Areas of Expertise

  • Health Services Research
  • Qualitative methods
  • Emergency care


  1. Grant, A., Kowalczuk, J., Marrin, K., Porter, A., Rix, A. Trainee doctors’ views on mental illness among their peers and access to support services International Review of Psychiatry 1 10
  2. Clark, S., Halter, M., Porter, A., Smith, H., Brand, M., Fothergill, R., Lindridge, J., McTigue, M., Snooks, H. Using deterministic record linkage to link ambulance and emergency department data: is it possible without patient identifiers? International Journal of Population Data Science 4 1
  3. Jones, J., Kingston, M., Driscoll, T., Edwards, A., Evans, B., Hussain, A., James, M., Griffiths, L., Mclean, G., Keen, L., Phillips, C., Porter, A., Snooks, H., Watkins, A. ARRIVE: Ambulance paramedics Responding to urgent patient Requests In general practice for home Visits — Evaluation development British Journal of General Practice 69 suppl 1 bjgp19X702845
  4. Cooper, A., Davies, F., Edwards, M., Anderson, P., Carson-Stevens, A., Cooke, M., Donaldson, L., Dale, J., Evans, B., Hibbert, P., Hughes, T., Porter, A., Rainer, T., Siriwardena, A., Snooks, H., Edwards, A. The impact of general practitioners working in or alongside emergency departments: a rapid realist review BMJ Open 9 4 e024501
  5. Porter, A. 70 The digital ambulance: electronic patient clinical records in prehospital emergency care BMJ Open 8

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  • 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 behaviors affect access to health care, the quality and cost of health care, and quantity and quality of life.

  • PM-304 Biomolecular Research Project


  • PM-344 Capstone Project

    The aim of this module is to provide a capstone experience to students¿ learning, through participating in their own enquiry-based research project. Depending on the student's employability strand within the programme, the project may be laboratory, data, or education-based, but it will always involve a research question that is drawn from the literature, focused on a topic relevant to medical science. It will ask a novel research question and involve the critical analysis of research findings. Students will refine their oral and written communication skills to a graduate level through creating an introductory presentation on the project background, and a written dissertation and oral presentation on their research conclusions.

  • PMIM201 Communications and Coding

    In this module, students will learn about communication and communication systems. This will include a study of electronic health records and clinical coding systems. Academic skills are developed and enhanced by an introduction to qualitative research methods.

  • PMIM601 Undertaking Health Informatics Research

    In this module, students will develop their research skills by learning how to write a research proposal and prepare for the research dissertation.

  • PMRM01 Critical Appraisal and Evaluation

    This module will explore the key concepts and topics that are related to the research process from defining evidence based practice, reviewing the literature (systematic and narrative), formulating research questions, critical appraisal frameworks, research design (quantitative and qualitative), clinical audit and introduce the students to the application of data analysis.


  • The Role and Effects of Self-harm in Adults (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Keith Lloyd
    Other supervisor: Dr Alison Porter
    Other supervisor: Prof Ann John
  • Discerning the Feelings of Autistic Individuals Towards a Hypothetical Autism Cure (current)

    Other supervisor: Ms Bridie Evans
    Other supervisor: Dr Alison Porter
  • Examining the causal mechanisms of improvements to health and wellbeing associated with green-blue spaces: a mixed methods approach (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Alan Watkins
    Other supervisor: Dr Alison Porter
  • Policy implementation without evidence: a mixed methods study of emergency admission risk stratification in primary care (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Hayley Hutchings
    Other supervisor: Dr Alison Porter
    Other supervisor: Prof Helen Snooks
  • Exploring the role and educational requirements of paramedics within primary care: a qualitative approach (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Alison Porter
    Other supervisor: Prof Andrew Grant
  • Improving Dengue Fever Prevention and Control in Jeddah City, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (awarded 2020)

    Other supervisor: Dr Owen Bodger
    Other supervisor: Dr Alison Porter
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Gravenor
  • Paramedics' perceptions and experiences of caring for those who self harm using evolved gorunded theory (awarded 2019)

    Other supervisor: Prof Ann John
    Other supervisor: Dr Alison Porter