Chair of Health Services Research, University of Southampton

Dr. Peter Griffiths is a Standing Professor at the University of Southampton. He is Chair of Health Services Research. He also leads the Health Workforce and Systems theme of the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHHR) Applied Research Collaboration for the Wessex region in the South and South-West of England. His research focuses on the healthcare workforce and, in particular, safe and cost-effective nurse staffing.

My current programme of work explores issues of health care workforce effectiveness and approaches to determining staffing requirements. I am particularly interested in the economics of skill mix and substitution and the effect of change in the composition and organisation of the workforce on patient outcomes.

Recent NIHR funded research includes studies examining associations between nurse staffing, missed vital signs observations and mortality in acute hospital wards, the costs and consequences of the use of the “Safer Nursing Care Tool” to determine nurse-staffing levels and the appropriate scheduling of vital signs observations in hospital wards. Current research includes a major study exploring the costs and consequences of workforce configurations in National Health Service hospitals and Magnet4Europe, studying the impact of a Magnet based intervention on staff and patient outcomes in over 60 European Hospitals.

In 2017 he was appointed as a senior investigator for the National Institute for Health Research, a title which recognizes the most prominent and prestigious researchers funded by the NIHR and the most outstanding leaders of patient and people-based research within the NIHR Faculty. He is executive editor of the International Journal of Nursing Studies, the world’s leading nursing research journal by impact factor.