Centre for Urgent and Emergency Care Research

The Centre for Urgent and Emergency Care Research (CURE) aims to improve the quality of urgent and emergency care through rigorous objective independent research.

An ambulance speeds through London's Piccadilly Circus. "Day 2 - England 52" by Mike Miley is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0


Sheffield is a leading national and international centre for urgent and emergency care research. CURE is a research group based in the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR). We are linked with the Emergency Department of the Northern General Hospital Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust, Yorkshire Ambulance Service and a number of other organisations.

CURE researchers undertake health service research into the organisation and delivery of urgent and emergency care, and work with the Clinical Trials Unit and Section of Health Economics and Decision Science to undertake health technology assessment relevant to urgent and emergency care.

Main areas of research interest

We have studied a wide range of issues in urgent and emergency care, including:

  • Performance indicators and measures of quality of care, such as response times, waiting times and risk-adjusted mortality rates
  • Methods for managing demand for urgent care, such as NHS Direct, NHS 111 and reducing avoidable admissions
  • Delivery of specialist emergency care, such as primary angioplasty, major trauma centres and neurosurgical care for traumatic brain injury
  • The urgent care workforce, including nurse practitioners and paramedic practitioners

Our projects and impact

Our projects

Our impact

Public and Patient Involvement

CURE staff

News about CURE

CURE Newsletter - December 2022

CURE Newsletter - November 2020

CURE Newsletter - Special Edition

CURE Newsletter - March 2021

CURE Newsletter - June 2021

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