Improving the experience of patients and caregivers

Our important research into the safety and wellbeing of patients and caregivers can provide the support necessary to improve the quality of their lives.

What is the problem?

Health services are challenged to provide innovative solutions to complex health problems facing individuals, families and communities.  In providing care, patient safety continues to be a central concern.  

In addition, informal caregivers of patients with chronic illnesses often suffer reduced quality of life, are at risk of caregiver burden, lack important information and are often socially isolated and stressed.

Our ambitions

Healthcare researchers at Oxford Brookes are set to break new ground in addressing these areas of concern.  A number of projects aim to find ways to effectively intervene in the experience of patients and caregivers to reduce harm and promote positive mental health, as well as spiritual, social, cultural, physical and psychological wellbeing.

The aim is the development of new models which could be widely adopted in healthcare to improve the experience of both patients and their caregivers.

How you can help 

If you are motivated to help us deliver life-enhancing research, donations of all sizes will help to make this a reality. By supporting our Health Fund, your gift will make a difference to the lives of carers as well as patients.



Case study

There are 90,000 people with heart failure in the UK, often with inadequate support. Through a study of the role of informal caregivers for people with chronic heart failure, Dr Helen Walthall, Programme Lead for Advanced Practice at Oxford Brookes, aims to better support caregivers’ needs and provide a model that could be used across healthcare. 

The project strives to identify the interventions which will give caregivers the tools they need to carry out their role in a more fulfilling way thereby improving their quality of life. These advances could be far reaching, ultimately enhancing the lives of chronic heart failure patients, reducing hospital admissions and healthcare costs.