Impact on Health & Wellbeing:
NCPHWR’s research aims to explore and understand the causes and consequences of ill-health, diseases, injury and wellbeing with a focus on giving children and young people a healthy start in life and reducing inequalities. It also seeks to support the promotion and maintenance of health through an extended working life.
Findings in this area can be used to shape and impact policy decisions and evidence-based practice by identifying risk factors for disease and targets for preventive healthcare.
Informing Policy & Practice:
NCPHWR has access to a wide range of data ranging from health and social care to education and housing data. Researchers at the Centre use their expertise to link this data, and test what impact government policies can have on different aspects of people’s well-being, not just their health – and in doing so, providing vital evidence to enable policymakers to develop better policies.
An important part of NCPHWR work is to develop new research bids aligned to emerging policies in Wales, including the Prosperity for All: The National Strategy, the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act 2015, and the Social Services and Wellbeing Act, and with consideration of the programme for government areas in Taking Wales Forward.
The Centre looks to support practice and policy at a local and national level and seeks to achieve this by strengthening the exchange between policy, practice and academia to identify common research areas, and through influencing funding calls to support these agendas.
NCPHWR has a commitment to increasing the number of studentships and fellowships secured in Wales. The aim of which is to build and increase the amount of research and societal impact in Wales.
New Research Collaborations
The Centre works to increase the quantity and quality of co-produced research conducted in Wales by facilitating and encouraging new research collaborations.
Events and workshops aimed at facilitating research and developing new collaborations are held throughout the year. Visit our Events page for updates on our up and coming workshops.
The aim of NCPHWR research is to make a difference to people’s health and wellbeing. However, this cannot be achieved alone. Engaging with the public, Public Health Wales NHS Trust, schools and local authorities, public service organisations, Children in Wales and policymakers is essential to ensure that NCPHWR research is of the highest quality and is used to solve current health care challenges and contribute to improvements to services and policies.
The Centre’s engagement activities provide the platform for discussion, debate, involvement and promotion of health-related issues and the development of new ground- breaking research.
It is important that the research findings impact people in real life as quickly as possible, NCPHWR’s Knowledge Exchange team work to achieve this by passing research findings and information to staff, organisations and politicians through communications, meetings, workshops and events.
Involving and Engaging with the Public
Involving and engaging with the public and the community is a key part of NCPHWR’s work. A commitment to engagement makes sure that people have the opportunity to help shape NCPHWR research while promoting a culture of engagement between the public and researchers.
The centre works to improve and facilitate conversations between researchers and the public through:
- A dedicated Public Engagement Officer works on developing public engagement strategies, activities and establishing a public engagement network – involving patients, service users, carers and the general public in centre research. As well as hosting and participating in public focused workshops, seminars, meetings, events and online discussions.
- A Consumer Panel made up of 16 members of the public who advise, support and have input into NCPHWR research.
Engaging with NHS and Social Care Services
NCPHWR researchers look to work with NHS and social care services to:
- Evaluate services treatments and ways of working.
- Help them understand patient’s needs and health service usage.
- Deliver better outcomes for patients and help deliver better public health.
- Understand ill-health and disease.
Engaging with Charities
NCPHWR work with third sector organisations and charities to:
- Identify research priorities
- Support their staff to get involved in developing new research bids
- Widen access to research and practitioners through briefings, seminars, conferences and events
- Ensure that the research findings produced by the centre are disseminated to the third sector and their networks
NCPHWR also engages with charities to gain access to groups of service users and members of the public affected by particular diseases or conditions. This gives NCPHWR a better insight into what research would be of most benefit to them.
Engaging with School and Local Authorities
NCPHWR works closely with schools and local authorities to provide them with evidence that can be used to help improve their services and better understand the needs of the public.
HAPPEN and SHRN are examples of current NCPHWR projects that are working closely with both schools and local authorities. These projects produce regular reports that can be used by schools to make changes and to promote health and well-being. The reports are also used by local authorities to help them plan and make changes to how services are delivered.
Engaging with Government and Policymakers
NCPHWR engages with policymakers, at national and local government level to provide evidence-based research to enable them to improve their policies, services and future plans.
The centre and it’s researchers work on developing new research that is aligned to emerging policies in Wales, including the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act, and the Social Services and Wellbeing Act, and with consideration of the programme for government areas in Taking Wales Forward.
Engaging with Industry
NCPHWR has established links with several commercial partners to identify funding opportunities and to co-create innovative solutions that help address health issues.
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