Dr Alison Porter
Associate Professor in Health Services Research
Telephone: (01792) 602057
Room: Office - 206
Second Floor
Institute of Life Science 2
Singleton Campus

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. & Trainee doctors’ views on mental illness among their peers and access to support services. International Review of Psychiatry, 1-10.
  2. & 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. & 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. & A co-produced method to involve service users in research: the SUCCESS model. BMC Medical Research Methodology 19(1)
  5. & The impact of general practitioners working in or alongside emergency departments: a rapid realist review. BMJ Open 9(4), e024501

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  • 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)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Keith Lloyd
    Other supervisor: Dr Alison Porter
    Other supervisor: Prof Ann John
  • Discerning the Feelings of the Autistic Individual Towards an Autism Cure (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Ms Bridie Evans
    Other supervisor: Dr Alison Porter
  • Paramedics' perceptions and experiences of caring for those who self harm using evolved gorunded theory (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Ann John
    Other supervisor: Dr Alison Porter
  • 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
  • Improving Denguie Prevention and Control in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Owen Bodger
    Other supervisor: Dr Alison Porter
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Gravenor
  • Examining the causal mechanisms of improvements to health and wellbeing associated with green-blue spaces: a mixed methods approach (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Alan Watkins
    Other supervisor: Dr Alison Porter