School of Health Sciences and Social Work

REF 2014


UoA 2 Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care

Our Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care submission is a new Unit and submission for the University, and is one that we are keen to grow.  Our submission included work from our four interacting research themes: Allergic and Respiratory Disorders, Health and Social Care Environments, Health and Social Care of the Older Person, and our newest theme Global Health and Social Care.  We submitted ten staff, two of whom were early career researchers.

We submitted two case studies to demonstrate the international impact we have been making on public health and well-being, primarily through informing policies and guidelines, and cost saving healthcare practices. Our impact case studies showcased the research we have conducted on maternal peanut consumption during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and the use of water softeners for eczema in children. Our staff members sit in the School of Health Sciences and Social WorkDepartment of Mathematics, and Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, and contribute significantly to the activities of the University of Portsmouth Ageing Network, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of our research.

  • Overall, 38% of our research was rated as world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*)

  • Our impact is international, with 80% of our impacts considered to be either outstanding and very considerable for both the reach and significance of the work

  • 93% our research outputs were rated as internationally excellent or internationally recognised.

  • We are actively committed to promoting the role of women in Science (6 out of our 10 submitted individuals were female, 3 of whom currently or previously have worked part-time).