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Dr Andreas Xyrichis is a senior academic researcher at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care; ranked top Faculty for nursing in the UK and second in the world. He is the Chair of the Research Ethics Panel for psychology, nursing and midwifery; Director at the European Nursing Research Foundation; and Trustee of the renowned Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the international Journal of Interprofessional Care, the most influential academic journal in the field of interprofessional science currently ranked in the top quarter of Thomson-Reuters impact factor list of Health Policy & Services journals.

Andreas has held clinical, research and policy posts in London and Brussels; and his training has been in nursing, research methodology, health policy and sociology. He holds a BSc, a MSc and a PhD all from King’s. His interests and expertise lie in interprofessional practice, education and research. Andreas' research is supported by the National Institute for Health Research, and other national and international funders, to investigate interprofessional, team-based practice interventions for patient safety and quality improvement. Andreas is also an active educationalist and has been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy UK since 2013.

Research interests

Andreas’ research focuses on strengthening the organisation and delivery of healthcare, towards improving the accessibiliy, efficiency, safety and quality of healthcare systems. A major contribution is in the area of interprofessional working, the coordination and collaboration between different healthcare professions in particular, where his work has been used to inform health policy, practice and education of healthcare professionals internationally. He is an expert evaluator for major funding bodies including the National Institute for Health Research and the European Commission (Horizon 2020).

His research is empirical and theoretically driven, applying rigorous qualitative social science techniques to investigating contemporary societal and healthcare related challenges. Much of this work is ethnographic in nature, involving participant observation, interviewing and document analysis. Andreas believes that complex problems benefit from multiple methodological approaches and so he promotes interdisciplinarity and collaborative research.

Andreas has served as advisor to numerous health policy committees for the European Commission and the Department of Health in England on topics such as workforce planning, education and training of health professionals, safety and quality of health services and eHealth. He also served as Advisor to the Secretary General of the European Federation of Nurses‘ Associations (EFN) representing over 3 million nurses across 34 countries in Europe. He continues to be actively involved in policy work and is an advocate for the use of research evidence in making policy decisions.

Research interests (short)

interprofessional care; intensive care units; medical sociology; health policy; health workforce; teamwork

Research interests

Current Research Projects

2020 - Improving the patient experience of hospital noise through sound masking. GSTT Charity-Health Innovation Fund. PI: Dr Andreas Xyrichis

2020 - Exchange program for education and research in interprofessional healthcare. CONFAP-Newton Fund-FAPESP. PI: Profa Dra Jaqueline Silva

2018 –  Interprofessional team-based practice for patient safety: competencies, power relations and conflict in maternity care. King’s College London – International PhD Fellowship. PI: Ms Gabriele Carlomagno Vilanova

2018 - Health management strategies to improve access and quality of Primary Care services in São Carlos, Brazil. Municipality of São Carlos. PI: Profa. Dra. Vivian Aline Mininel

2018 –  Interprofessional education for pre-licensure health care students in Nanjing, China: a randomised controlled trial. King's College London/Nanjing Health School PhD Scholarship. PI: Ms Kelly Liping Kong

2017 –  Is a Blunt Thoracic Trauma Integrated Care pathway (BTTICP) for the management of Blunt Thoracic Injury (BTI) feasible and acceptable when compared with standard UK practice? National Institute for Health Research. PI: Dr Gerry Lee


Recently Completed Projects

2019 - Education, Interprofessional Work, Health and Innovation. CAPES-PRINT (PRINT - PROGRAMA INSTITUCIONAL DE INTERNACIONALIZAÇÃO) Call no. 41/2017. PI: Profa Dra Diana Pinho

2017 –  The effectiveness of interventions to promote patients and families' involvement in adult intensive care settings. National Institute for Health Research – Research for Patient Benefit. PI: Dr Andreas Xyrichis

2017 –  Hospital Project on Noise, Sound and Sleep (HPNoSS). King's Cultural Institute - Arts in Health & Wellbeing. PI: Dr Andreas Xyrichis 

2015 – 2018  A Mixed Method Process Evaluation of the Implementation and Effectiveness of an ICU Telemedicine Programme at Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust. GSTT Health Innovation Fund. PI: Prof Jane Sandal

2015 – 2016  Preventing hospital acquired, catheter associated urinary tract infections (CUTIs) in people over 65 years old: A qualitative study of knowledge transfer in the UK and Brazil, British Academy Newton Mobility Funds, PI: Dr Miriam Cristina da Silva de Paiva

2014 – 2015  Practice nurses’ and GP’s information needs in caring for patients post ICU discharge, FNFNM Seed Corn Funds, Co-PIs: Dr Suzanne Bench & Dr Andreas Xyrichis

2014 – 2017  Longitudinal National Evaluation of Schwartz Centre Rounds®, National Institute for Health Research, PI: Prof Jill Maben

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of London

Award Date: 1 Jan 2014

Academic Practice, Postgraduate Certificate , King's Academy

Award Date: 1 Oct 2013

Master of Science, King's College London

Award Date: 1 Jan 2006

Bachelor of Nursing, King's College London

Award Date: 1 Jan 2005


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