Photo of CURE Staff members

CURE aims to improve the quality of urgent and emergency care through rigorous objective independent research.


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.

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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


Dr Matthew Wilson has been involved with the BUMPES randomised controlled trial which has been looking at Upright versus lying down position in second stage of labour in nulliparous women with low dose. The full report can be found here

The Government Response to the House of Commons Health Select Committee Report on Winter Pressure in Accident and Emergency Departments

Members of CURE were invited to speak at the Health Select Committee. The latest report is now available and cites CURE's research.  The report can be found here.