Research collaboration to tackle public health

Northumbria University is involved in a regional consortium which has received funding from NIHR to contribute to public health policy and practice:

Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, is a ‘virtual’ research centre, which brings together staff and students from Northumbria, Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside universities.

With responsibility for public health set to switch from the NHS to local authorities, Fuse has been accepted by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) as one of only eight member organisations to form a new body in England – the School for Public Health Research (SfPHR).

The Government backed School aims to build closer bonds between researchers and public health policy makers and practitioners at a local level, increase the evidence of what does and doesn’t work in practice, and share this knowledge so that it can influence policy.

Each member organisation will receive funding in the region of £450,000 per year (£2.25m over five years) to undertake priority research for public health in England.

Professor Susan Carr, Associate Director of Fuse, who leads the team of researchers at Northumbria’s School of Health, Community and Education Studies, said: “This will bring exciting opportunities to contribute to public health research and the evidence base for improvement of population health. The aim to build closer bonds between researchers and public health policy makers and practitioners is at the heart of our research approach.

“We look forward with great enthusiasm to contributing to the agenda of the School for Public Health Research.”

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