The National Centre for Population Health & Wellbeing Research, funded by the Welsh Government through Health and Care Research Wales, brings together a world-class team of researchers, statisticians and data analysts from the Universities of Swansea, Cardiff, and Bangor alongside Public Health Wales to understand, evaluate and inform population health Improvements.
Our research and interventions look to support people’s health and well-being throughout life, with our work exploring and tackling some of today’s most difficult health and social challenges.
Our key areas of work
Data Science Laboratory
We are committed to ensuring that Wales is at the forefront of developing population health. To help achieve this we provide an infrastructure that supports, enriches and increases capacity and capabilities in population data science research.
Part of this commitment is realised through our Data Science Laboratory, which aims to:
- Help train healthcare professionals and researchers to understand and use data better.
- Data acquisition. We aim to bring in new sources of health and non-health data, adding to and enriching the anonymised data sets currently held in Wales, enabling researchers in Wales and further afield to gain deeper insights into the wider social determinants of health and wellbeing.
Maternal and Child Health
Our dedicated maternal and child health team conducts high-quality research to improve the health and wellbeing of women, children, young people, and families in the UK and worldwide. We are committed to enhancing health outcomes for mothers and their children by using evidence-based research and innovative strategies that inform maternal and child healthcare, policy, and practice.
Early Years and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Research
Our work aims to help to help give children a healthy and safe start in life. There is considerable evidence that a person’s experiences in childhood play an important part in shaping their future – with early years child development being associated with good health and educational outcomes in childhood and better health and employment outcomes in adulthood. Our Research into ACE’s aims to identify the impact these experiences can have within Childhood.
Healthy Working Life Research
The UK population is changing, with many people now expected to live and work longer. We aim to get a better understanding of health and ageing and how work and lifestyles can help improve a person’s quality of life.
Chronic Conditions Research
A direct impact of an ageing population is the increase in the number of people living with chronic illnesses. Our team will continue to support research into arthritis, asthma, cardiovascular disorders, infection, and injuries.
Our research is not limited to just our key areas of work. Our team collaborates with researchers and organisations in the UK and internationally on a wide range of life course research and population challenges.
The National Centre for Population Health & Wellbeing Research has been funded by Health and Care Research Wales to increase the amount of ground-breaking research being carried out in Wales; it does this by bringing together researchers and research services, the NHS or PHW, policy makers, the third sector, and members of the public to:
The NCPHWR is collaboration between:
NCPHWR works closely with other leading research centres around the UK, including: