Community and Health Research Unit

QOPH PEQO Healthier Ageing

The Community and Health Research Unit (CaHRU), led by Professor Niroshan Siriwardena, is the Research Centre for the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Lincoln. CaHRU is also a constituent member of the Lincoln Institute for Health.

CaHRU includes 13 core staff including a research administrator, two senior lecturers, three research fellows, five research assistants and a project manager with wide ranging expertise including in systematic reviews, qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods, and experimental studies including clinical trials.

CaHRU undertakes applied and translational research linked to quality improvement in primary, prehospital and older people’s health. Its mission is to increase people’s health and well-being by improving the quality, performance and systems of care across the health, social and third sector care services through world leading interdisciplinary research.

Our research has had an important influence on policy and clinical and operational practice in the UK and beyond, working in the fields of adult and children’s health and social care including:

  • evidence-based treatment
  • clinical and social outcomes
  • quality and cost-effectiveness evaluation.

We currently receive national funding from the National Institute for Health Research, Research Councils UK and major charities such as the Health Foundation, British Heart Foundation and Wellcome Trust, international grants from the European Union and regional funding from bodies such as the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network and East Midlands Collaboration for Leadership and Applied Health Research and Care. We work in partnership, cooperation and collaboration with patients, service users, carers and a broad range of experts from national and international academic units, local, national and international clinicians and practitioners.