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Professor Helen Snooks

Professor of Health Services Research, Health Data Science

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 513418

Email address

Research Links

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


I am Professor of Health Services Research in the Medical School at Swansea University. I lead the Patient and Population Health and Informatics research theme within the School. I am seconded for half a day 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. I led the Trials Unit in Swansea to full registration with the UKCRN, retain a strong interest in experimental evaluation methods and have a strong record of grant capture (> £30 million). My 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 my 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. I actively encourage and support public and patient involvement in my research to enhance relevance, accountability and quality. My 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. My 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. I am currently working actively to increase the impact of the PRISMATIC study - evaluating the use of predictive risk in primary care: 

I am 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

Oustanding Impact on Health and Wellbeing

The SAIL Databank (funded through HDR UK) won the ‘Outstanding Impact on Health and Wellbeing’ award at the Swansea University Research & Innovation Awards 2020.

The SAIL Databank is a world-class complete solution to sourcing, accessing, linking and analysing health and population data all within a governed infrastructure that is safe and secure. Researchers can access a broad range of routinely collected data spanning up to 20 years from an entire population. The SAIL Databank provides linkable, anonymised datasets ready for analysis that can be accessed remotely via its unique SAIL Gateway platform, complete with analysis tools.

Outstanding Contibution to Outreach and Public Engagement

The HEAR study - Health Experiences of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Wales won the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Outreach and Public Engagement’, for its work, at the Swansea University Medical School Annual Awards 2019.

During the HEAR study, Swansea University researchers worked with Public Health Wales and Welsh charities to find out how people access NHS services, what problems they may have, and what has worked well for people. Health professionals were also interviewed for their views.


I have strong collaborations across the UK with ambulance services - especially in Wales, East Midlands, West Midlands, Yorkshire,  South West, London and East of England as well as leading academics in Cardiff (notably Professor Adrian Edwards), Sheffield (notably Professors Jon Nicholl, Steve Goodacre and Suzanne Mason) and Bristol (notably Professor Jonathan Benger). I also have strong international links through the 999 EMS Research Forum.