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University of Sheffield

University of SheffieldThe University of Sheffield 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).

The University of Sheffield’s involvement in the School is led by Professor Liddy Goyder, Professor Sarah Salway, Professor Jon Nicholl CBE, Professor Alan Brennan and Professor Petra Meier.

For further information about The University of Sheffield’s involvement in the School for Public Health Research please contact Vivivenne Walker, SPHR Coordinator.

News and Events

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The BMJ publishes special issue on racism in medicine

The BMJ have published a special issue on 'racism in medicine' which reflects the working lives of healthcare professionals from ethnic minority backgrounds and the healthcare experiences of ethnic minority patients. The edition focuses on race and its impact on health.

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NIHR SPHR researchers win Emerald Literati Award

Four researchers from the NIHR School for Public Health Research have won a prestigious Emerald Literati Award for outstanding scholarly research.


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Identifying and validating a core public mental health outcome set

The aim of this project is to develop, validate and agree a suite of core outcome sets appropriate for use in evaluative public mental health research.

March 2019 - June 2021

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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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Mapping the child health system at a local level to reduce health inequalities

Giving every child the best start in life is a policy priority in England, yet we currently lack understanding of how to support children at a local level. To address this, we are undertaking a programme of research to better understand child health systems at a local level in order to identify opportunities for intervention.

April 2019 - March 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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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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Evaluating Sheffield's Housing + programme

This project assessed whether the Housing+ programme in Sheffield had a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of tenants.

April 2016 - March 2018

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Evaluating the Foundation for Change programme

This project assessed whether the programme for perpetrators of domestic abuse called 'Foundation for Change' in Doncaster helped to change behaviour and provided value for money. 

April 2015 - March 2017

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Progressing the public health agenda: ethnicity and migration

This project’s goal is to begin to redress the marginalisation of race/ethnicity and migration within public health intervention and health inequalities research in England.

June 2017 - July 2018

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Modelling cardiovascular disease and dementia in ageing population

This project developed computer models to estimate the value for money of interventions for cardiovascular diseases and dementia, and the impact these interventions on healthcare demand.

April 2014 - March 2017

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Assessing the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of public health interventions and screening interventions for type-2 diabetes prevention

This project assessed which type-2 diabetes screening programmes are the most effective and provide value for money.

April 2012 - March 2014



Contact information

Vivienne Walker
SPHR Co-ordinator
University of Sheffield
Regent Court
Regent Street
Sheffield S1 4DA, UK
+44 (0) 114 222 0899

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