Professor Christopher Burton is an experienced leader within healthcare education, improvement and research. As a Head of School, he has experience of a comprehensive portfolio of commissioned and non-commissioned undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, leading high-performance research institutes, and developing a Community Interest Company to accelerate the impact of funded research. He is particularly interested in developing partnership working with health and other service partners, including the development of Clinical Academic, Improvement and Education Pathways with the National Health Service. Professionally, Chris trained as a Registered General Nurse in Glasgow. His main ambition is to improve life for patients and families affected by stroke. His research concentrates on closing the gaps between evidence and the delivery of care. He has grown a significant programme of research, mainly in stroke, nursing and rehabilitation, and has supported service improvement through a wide range of bespoke organisational development programmes.
Research and knowledge exchange
Current research is investigating the cost and clinical effectiveness of rehabilitation; improving clinical decision-making in end of life care; peer support in a range of health conditions; policy and practice around safe staffing in the NHS; and the impact of the Francis Inquiry in NHS England. Healthcare improvement has been facilitated through development programmes commissioned by NHS organisations, the Department of Health and the Scottish Government. Chris co-led the development of Implementation Research at Bangor University, recognised by key stakeholders as internationally excellent. His leadership in this area was recognised through a personal award from the Health Foundation as an Improvement Science Fellow.
Teaching and subject expertise
Professionally, Chris trained as a Registered General Nurse in Glasgow. His main ambition is to improve life for patients and families affected by stroke. His research concentrates on closing the gaps between evidence and the delivery of care. He has grown a significant programme of research, mainly in stroke, nursing and rehabilitation, and has supported service improvement through a wide range of bespoke organisational development programmes.
Improvement Science Fellow, Health Foundation
Past President of the Society for Research in Rehabilitation
Expert Advisor, Dunhill Medical Trust.
Vice Chair, Council of Deans Health (Wales)
Associate Member to the National Institute for Health Research’s commissioning panel for its Health Service & Delivery Research Programme.
Publications and research outputs
£200,000 - "De-implemenation" (NIHR HS&DR, 2017)
£483,758 "Implementation, impact and costs of policies for safe staffing in acute NHS trusts" (Department of Health PRP Programme, 2016)
£385,000 – ‘Can H-Ts maintain the oral health of routine low-risk dental recall patients in "high-street" dental practices: a pilot study’ (NIHR HS&DR, 2017)
£240,481 – ‘Evaluating the impact of a joint social care and NHS initiative to promote social participation and patient activation for older people in North Wales’ (Health Research Wales, 2016)
£168,000 - "NHS Managers use of Workforce Planning Tools: What works, for whom, in what circumstances" (NIHR HSDR Programme, 2015)
£1,966,071 – ‘A randomised controlled trial of Lee Silverman Speech and Language Therapy in Parkinson’s Disease (NIHR HTA Programme, 2015)
£122,927 – ‘Managing Diabetes in People with Dementia (DiaMonD)’ (NIHR HTA Programme, 2015)
£202,122 – ‘What does the Resource Based View of the Firm offer improvement science? Investigating the resource consequences and impacts of improvement’ (Health Foundation, 2013)
£136,000 – ‘Peer support for social and leisure activities after stroke’ (National Institute for Social Care and Health Research, 2013)
£149,000 – ‘Improving skills and care standards in the clinical support workforce: a realist synthesis of workforce development and interventions’ (NIHR HSDR Programme, 2013)
£145,000 – ‘Initiating End of Life in Acute Stroke’ (Marie Curie Cancer Care, 2012)
£100,310 – ‘SUPSS: A Discrete Choice Experiment of Service User Preferences for Stroke Services’ (National Institute for Social Care and Health Research, 2010)
£592,455 – ‘Evaluating Partnerships Between Universities & NHS Organisations: Learning from the NIHR Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research & Care (NIHR SDO, 2009)
£1,202,831 – ‘ICONS – Identifying Continence Options after Stroke’ (NIHR Programme Grant, 2008)
£1,920,000 – ‘A cluster randomised controlled trial of an occupational therapy intervention for residents with stroke living in UK care-homes’ (NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme, 2009)