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Professor Helen Snooks

Professor Helen Snooks

Personal Professor, Biomedical Sciences

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

About

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

Research

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. 

Collaborations

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.  

 

(http://www.999emsresearch.co.uk)