The HEALTH SERVICE RESEARCH UNIT (HSRU) is a joint initiative between Keele's Research Institutes for Science & Technology in Medicine, Primary Care & Health Sciences and a range of NHS partners in North Staffordshire.

The HSRU opened in September 2010 to identify and promote beacon pathways of care as exemplars for integrating programmes of education, training, evaluation and applied health research with service development and high quality care. The HSRU will develop, sustain and expand the agenda set by the HEALTH INNOVATION AND EDUCATION CLUSTER (HIEC) IN WEST MIDLANDS NORTH (WMN) for service development and evaluation.