Chair of Health Services Research, University of Southampton

Dr. Peter Griffiths is a Standing Professor at University of Southampton. He is Chair of Health Services Research and Head of the Health Work research group. He also leads the fundamental care theme of the National Institute for Health Research’s Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) Wessex. His research focuses on the healthcare workforce, and in particular safe and effective nurse staffing.

My current programme of work explores issues of workforce effectiveness using routinely collected data and the development and use of nurse sensitive outcomes and quality measures. I am particularly interested in issues of skill mix and substitution and the effect of change in the composition and organisation of the workforce on patient outcomes. 

According to his profile from the University of Southampton, 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. Recent NIHR funded research includes studies examining associations between nurse staffing, missed vital signs observations and mortality in acute hospital wards and the costs and consequences of the use of the “Safer Nursing Care Tool” to determine nurse-staffing levels.