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The Centre for Health Communications Research (CHCR) was established in 2012.  It focuses on the communication dilemmas, challenges, issues and problems faced by health sector organisations.

Our vision is to encourage the use of effective and professional communications to improve patient outcomes and strengthen the patient experience.

We work at the boundary between academe and the public sector delivering rigorous, evidence-based solutions in a timely fashion.

CHCR is part of the Faculty of Society & Health at Buckinghamshire New University.  We have strong relationships with both public and private sector health and social care organisations.

Our goal is to be recognised as a best-in-class source of academic and applied research, teaching and consulting practice.


CHCR was founded as a response to the wave of changes unleashed both by the global economic crisis of 2008/09 and by the British general election of 2010.  These heralded dramatic change in the UK public sector. Deficit reduction is the order of the day. The years of automatic ‘real-terms’ growth in areas such as healthcare are over - at least for the time being. However, health remains a large and important social/industrial sector that will continue to grow as Britain’s population ages.  Major reform, founded on the Health and Social Care Act 2012, is well under-way.

CHCR combines expertise from across Buckinghamshire New University’s faculties and external sources. It acts both as a catalyst for innovative thinking in the field of health communication and as an independent source of best-practice advice.

The centre undertakes:

Newsflash: the University’s annual Safeguarding Conference will take place at High Wycombe Campus on 8-9 June 2015.  More here.