The funding aims to use evidence to improve health outcomes in childhood and maternal health across the country, working with service users, charities and professional groups to identify key areas where evidence can help to improve public health and services in health and social care. It will build on world-leading expertise in children’s and maternal health, and existing local and national networks, to best understand how research can contribute to meaningful change.
The award is one of several from the NIHR, the nation’s largest funder of health and care research. It invited proposals from the 15 ARCs to bring together universities, NHS and social care organisations, and local authorities to help solve the most pressing issues facing health and social care. NIHR ARC West is a collaborator on the following themes:
Mental health, led by ARC South London
Adult social care and social work, led by ARC Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Prevention, including behavioural risk factors, led by ARC North East and North Cumbria
Multimorbidity, led by ARC East Midlands
Health and care inequalities, led by ARC North East and North Cumbria
Children’s health and maternity, led by ARC South West Peninsula