Professor Helen Snooks
Personal Professor
Telephone: (01792) 513418
Room: Office
Second Floor
Institute of Life Science 2
Singleton Campus

I am currently Professor of Health Services Research in the College of Medicine at Swansea University. I lead the Patient and Population Health theme within the College and am Interim Director of the Swansea Trials Unit(STU).
I graduated in 1981 from the University of Surrey with a Bsc (Hons) Economics, Sociology, Statistics and completed my PhD in Health Services Research ‘Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in seriously injured accident victims’ at the University of Sheffield in 2000.
My main research interests and expertise lie in the fields of Emergency Pre-hospital and Unscheduled Care, Clinical Audit and Effectiveness, 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. My work is strongly patient-focused and collaborative, and uses mixed methods to achieve study aims.

Orcid ID: 0000-0003-0173-8843

Areas of Expertise

  • Health services and delivery research
  • Health Technology Assessment
  • Health Informatics related to: Emergency and Unscheduled Care; Chronic Conditions Management


  1. & Referral pathways for patients with TIA avoiding hospital admission: a scoping review. BMJ Open 7(2), e013443
  2. & A review of enhanced paramedic roles during and after hospital handover of stroke, myocardial infarction and trauma patients. BMC Emergency Medicine 17(1)
  3. & Advice given by NHS Direct in Wales: do deprived patients get more urgent decisions? Study of routine data. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 71(9), 849-856.
  4. & Assessment of consent models as an ethical consideration in the conduct of prehospital ambulance randomised controlled clinical trials: a systematic review. BMC Medical Research Methodology 17(1)
  5. et. al. Support and Assessment for Fall Emergency Referrals (SAFER) 2: a cluster randomised trial and systematic review of clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of new protocols for emergency ambulance paramedics to assess older people following a fall with referral to community-based care when appropriate. Health Technology Assessment 21(13), 1-218.

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  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Ms Bridie Evans
    Other supervisor: Prof Helen Snooks
  • Emergency admission risk prediction tools in general practice: opportunities and challenges (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Hayley Hutchings
    Other supervisor: Dr Alison Porter
    Other supervisor: Prof Helen Snooks
  • Paramedic Supplied "Take Home" Naloxone Feasibility of Randomised Trial (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Alan Watkins
    Other supervisor: Prof Ian Russell
    Other supervisor: Dr Alan Watkins
    Other supervisor: Prof Helen Snooks
  • Pre-Hospital Analgesia for Patients with Hip Fracture: existing methods and opportunities for improvement (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Ian Pallister
    Other supervisor: Prof Greg Fegan
    Other supervisor: Prof Helen Snooks

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