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Dr Bronagh Walsh BSc, PGDip, DipAdNursing, PhD

Associate Professor

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Dr Bronagh Walsh is an Associate Professor within Health Sciences, University of Southampton and Programme Lead for the MRes Clinical & Health Research. Bronagh’s research expertise is in using routine data to explore use and outcomes of health care in older people, with a particular focus on hospital admissions and frailty.

Rising hospital admissions among older people remain a challenge for health services across the world; we need to create health care systems that can respond to the needs of our ageing populations

Programme leader for the MRes Clinical Research
Research into services for frail older people, particularly admission avoidance

Advisory board membership

Editorial board for International Journal of Older People Nursing, 2004 - 2009

Research interests

Research into:

  • Patterns of health service use in older people
  • Avoidable admissions in older people
  • Influence of frailty on health service use
  • Monitoring and predicting admission risk in older people
  • Development and evaluation of admission avoidance interventions


2015-2018 Walsh, B. HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme Masters in Clinical Research Studentship Scheme Awarded 10 studentships per year by HEE/NIHR.

The aim of the studentships is to build clinical research capacity in nursing, allied health and health scientist professions. These studentships form part of the Integrated Clinical Academic Programme.

Funded studentships

Sarah Mercer (Clinical Academic)

Claire Barker (Clinical Academic)

Weiqi Liao (ESRC DTC)

Dave Evenden (VC’s studentship, based in the Business School)

Affiliate research group

Complex Healthcare Processes

Research project(s)

A pragmatic randomised controlled trial of nurse-delivered vestibular rehabilitation for dizzy patients in primary care - Dormant

Exploring the effects of dizziness in older people and use of exercise-based rehabilitation therapy

An exploration of the characteristics of patients admitted to hospital with ‘signs, symptoms and ill-defined conditions’ - Dormant

Exploratory study to increase the understanding of the precipitating factors leading to admission in the older patient

Improving patient pathways for older people admitted to hospital with 'ill-defined conditions' - Dormant

Exploring ways of reducing preventable emergency admissions amongst older people

The relationship between physiological impairment, chronic disease and function disability in older people admitted to hospital with ill-defined conditions - Dormant

Many emergency admissions are known to be for alleviation of signs, symptoms and functional disorders (known as ill-defined conditions) rather than a definitive medical problem, and may therefore be avoidable.

Factors influencing the decision to admit to an acute medical bed - Dormant

Project to investigate decreasing numbers of acute beds available due to inappropriate admissions

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  • Module Leader for Designing & Conducting Research to teaching roles
  • Curriculum development in quantitative research method and clinical research
  • Strategic leadership and development in PG curriculum
  • Research supervision
  • Programme leader for MRes Clinical Research
  • Module leader for Clinical Research in Practice
  • PG teaching on health care for older people, particularly services at the interface between primary and secondary care


Dr Bronagh Walsh
University of Southampton Health Sciences Building 67 Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 67/4025

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