CURE Centre for Urgent and emergency care research

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.

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


 Perspectives on the reasons forEmergency Department attendances across Yorkshire and the Humber Final Report |September 2017

This report is based on a project funded by the British Medical Association (BMA) in collaboration with the National Institute for Health Research, Collaboration and Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care, Yorkshire and Humber (NIHR CLAHRC YH): Avoiding Attendances and Admissions Theme (AAA). The aim of the research was to identify patient and staff perspectives on the reasons for attendances at Emergency Departments (ED) across Yorkshire and the Humber. The work was undertaken from February 2016 to September 2016. The NIHR CLAHRC YH: AAA Theme is undertaking a five year programme of work to better understand the reasons for rising attendances and admissions in the Yorkshire and Humber Region and investigate and pilot interventions to reduce avoidable attendances and admissions in the region.