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fuseFuse is one of eight leading academic centres with excellence in applied public health research which make up the NIHR School for Public Health Research (NIHR SPHR).

Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, brings together the five North East Universities of Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside in a unique collaboration to deliver robust research to improve health and wellbeing and tackle inequalities. Fuse is one of the five UK Public Health Research Centres of Excellence, it works hand-in-hand with the NHS, local and national government, voluntary and community sectors to help transform public health.

Fuse involvement in the School is led by Professor Ashley Adamson, Professor Clare Bambra, Professor Eileen Kaner, Professor Carolyn Summerbell and Professor Falko Sniehotta.


News and Events

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Blog: The mental health of the nation has never been so under threat

Writing for the Fuse blog, Fiona Duncan discusses the mental health impact of COVID-19.

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SPHR Experts appointed as NIHR Senior Investigators

Two experts from the NIHR School for Public Health Research have been appointed as NIHR Senior Investigators.


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Improving public mental health in adults experiencing psychosocial stresses and life transitions

This is the fourth work package in the Public Mental Health programme and focuses on identifying promising public mental health interventions which improve mental health in adults.

March 2019 - September 2020

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Examining the policy context for reducing health inequalities among children and young people

In order to identify and explore local system-wide approaches to reducing inequalities in children and young people’s health in England, it is essential to have a rounded understanding of current national policies. We also need to understand the issues that local policy makers and practitioners are navigating to try and implement these policies in a local decision-making context. This research will be framed by a social determinants of health perspective to ensure we identify the full range of policies with the potential to influence child health inequalities.

March 2019 - August 2020

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Places & communities - What is known? Stakeholder views and research synthesis

This project aims to inform local level decision-making on delivering place-based strategies to improve health and reduce inequalities during times of economic insecurity. 

April 2019 - September 2020

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Understanding place-centred public health strategies implemented in a context of financial constraint

Work Package 4 (WP4) seeks to understand how local authorities (LAs) use their local resources to tackle health inequalities in a context of constrained finances.

June 2019 - September 2021

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Improved use of routine data to assess and evaluate food environments

The purpose of this project is to generate a longitudinal dataset of the food environment for use in research and food environment surveillance using data using the Food Standards Agency Food Hygiene Rating System (FHRS) food outlet database, which is available freely online.

June 2019 - May 2020

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Understanding barriers and facilitators to implementing regulatory mechanisms to restrict hot food takeaway outlets

This study will identify four local councils in England where the rejection of the new hot food takeaway was recently upheld and four areas where the decision was dismissed. In these case study areas we will analyse the documents applicable to each case and aim to interview at least four people including the business owner, planning inspectorate, planning officer and public health professional.

January 2020 - December 2020

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Equal England

The aim of the Equal England network is to expand the successful Equal North network of over 550 members to build a national community of academics, researchers, practitioners, and members of the public across England who share a common interest in addressing health and social inequalities.

November 2019 - March 2022

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Development and application of reporting guidelines for efficiency, equity and systems approaches (WP1)

Guidance is needed on the reporting outcomes from studies of efficiency, equity and public health systems from public health research to ensure that evidence can be used in public health practice. This work package will bring together the key EEPHS members, practitioners, and policymakers together with experts in reporting efficiency, equity and systems approaches for public health to develop guidance on reporting outcomes.

October 2019 - March 2022

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Transforming the ‘foodscape’: development and feasibility testing of interventions to promote healthier take-away, pub or restaurant food

Reducing obesity requires a change in what and how we eat. The ‘Foodscape’ study aimed to identify effective interventions to change the meals offered by takeaways, test them in the real world and evaluate their potential for improving diets and /or reducing obesity.

October 2013 - March 2017

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Evaluating the babyClear© programme

This research project evaluated the babyClear© programme to find out if it was an effective way to reduce the number of mums-to-be smoking in the North East of England.

April 2013 - July 2015



Contact information

Laura Ritson
Fuse Centre Manager
William Leech Building
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4AX
+44 (0) 191 208 7296

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