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Welcome to the PHR bulletin – Winter 2013/14 edition
In this edition:
We have two topics advertised in our commissioned workstream:
The commissioning briefs, application deadlines and guidance notes can be found on our
The next deadline for applications to our researcher-led workstream is 1pm, 1 April.
In addition to applications under the normal remit, we are looking for applications under the following highlighted areas:
The commissioning briefs and guidance notes can be found on our website.
Join our webinar
We would encourage anyone planning to make an application for a PHR funding opportunity to register by 3 February. Please see our website for further details.
Tips for success in applying to the PHR Programme
The PHR Programme wants to support more large scale public health evaluation studies of national importance. The researcher-led workstream offers the flexibility for ambitious evaluations of public health interventions. If a case can be made for public health importance, scientific quality and value for money, there is no upper limit to the amount of funding that can be applied for and applications can be made at any point, with three cut-off dates throughout the year. If you know of an intervention that requires a large scale evaluation in Wales, Scotland, England or Northern Ireland then contact us to talk it through. We are always happy to answer questions, discuss remit queries and consider timescales before you start an application. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02380 599697.
An example of a large scale evaluation funded under the researcher-led workstream is 09/3001/06 – Health impacts of the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway lead by Dr David Ogilvie.
The Director of Research and Development for the Department of Health wishes to contract with an institution for two part-time positions* (1 day per week):
• Programme Director of the NIHR PHR Programme
Further details about the individual roles and contact information can be found online.
Improving public health: tackling alcohol misuse
For many people in the UK, January is a time to detox, get healthy, and have an alcohol-free month. National campaigns such as Alcohol Concern’s ‘Dry January’ campaign and the British Liver Trust’s ‘Love Your Liver’ – a national awareness initiative about liver health – can help people do this and raise general awareness about the effects of alcohol misuse.
Alcohol misuse has become a serious and worsening public health problem in the UK and represents a major burden to the NHS and the wider health and social care systems.
The NIHR Public Health Research Programme has a broad portfolio of projects underway in the area of alcohol misuse and alcohol-related issues, aimed at both adults and children. Read more
12/153/19 The effects of positive youth development interventions on substance use, violence and inequalities: systematic review of theories of change, processes and outcomes
Please see the full list of projects on our website.
09/3010/06 A gender-sensitised weight loss and healthy living programme for overweight and obese men delivered by Scottish Premier League football clubs (FFIT): a pragmatic randomised controlled trial, The Lancet*
11/3050/01 Bristol girls dance project (BGDP): protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial of an after-school dance programme to increase physical activity among 11–12 year old girls, BMC Public Health
09/3005/12 Are trainee teachers being adequately prepared to promote the health and well-being of school children? A survey of current practice, Journal of Public Health
09/3006/02 Use of data linkage to measure the population health effect of non-health-care interventions, The Lancet *
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Football fans fitness study publishes in The Lancet
Helping families tackle childhood behaviour problems
The Homelessness, social exclusion and health inequalities conference, 5-6 March, Central London
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health annual conference, 8-10 April, ICC Birmingham
Cochrane UK & Ireland Annual Symposium 2014, 23-24 April, Manchester University
LARIA Annual Conference, 13-14 May, University of Warwick
LGA annual public health conference 2014, 8-10 July 2014, Birmingham
Come and see us to talk to a member of our team and find out about opportunities with the PHR Programme.
In October, an important partnership launched to enable people who are likely to be in the last years of life, current and bereaved carers, their families, and frontline social and healthcare professionals – for the first time – to have their say in setting future research priorities for palliative and end of life care.
A survey, developed by the PSP and NOW OPEN, will enable people to highlight what research questions are important to them.
To take part in this survey, please visit the PSP’s website at www.palliativecarepsp.org.uk
You can follow the activity on Twitter @peolcPSP and #peolcPSP
Round 2 of SPHR’s Public Health Practice Evaluation Scheme (PHPES) is now open. PHPES aims to produce high quality evidence needed by public health practice to improve population health and help reduce health inequalities. PHPES enables public health practitioners to work in partnership with members of SPHR on robust evaluations of innovative local projects or initiatives they are delivering.
Further details including guidance, selection criteria and an application form are available to download from the SPHR website. Visit www.sphr.nihr.ac.uk/phpes to find out more.The deadline for applications is midday on 28 February 2014.
We are seeking people from a wide range of professional backgrounds to review proposals received in response to NIHR calls. If you could help our programmes in this way please see our becoming a reviewer page.
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