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Changing behaviour at population level

The key aim of this theme is to understand population behaviour, using a comprehensive approach, whilst considering socioeconomic, cultural, environmental, social & community and individual & biological influences using a complex systems framework. The approach is multidisciplinary, covering the whole range of behavioural and social sciences applicable to behaviour. We use behavioural science to improve the health of children and young people, optimise the behaviour change outcomes of place based approaches and community based interventions and promote public mental health.

Changing behaviour at a population level is a current NIHR SPHR cross-cutting theme (2017-2022).

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Evaluation of the London-wide HIV Prevention Programme (LHPP)

Researchers at University College London and Public Health England worked together to investigate the impact of the London-wide HIV Prevention Programme (LHPP).

August 2015 - March 2017

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Comparing digital and practitioner delivered interventions for alcohol

The aim of this project is to assist local and national policy-makers develop efficient strategies to help achieve wide scale roll out of alcohol interventions to reduce health harm.

September 2017 - February 2019

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Stop smoking support services for people with recognised mental health problems

This research project will compare stop smoking support services offered to people with recognised mental health problems and the general population.

August 2017 - August 2018

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Evidence beyond the health sector

Researchers conducted a number of linked studies to improve the understanding of how evidence is understood, accessed, used and valued by decision makers working beyond health areas, in sectors that potentially impact upon people’s health and wellbeing.

June 2012 - November 2013

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Supporting public health commissioners in priority setting to improve population health and address health inequalities

This study aimed to provide tailored health economics support to three local authorities and evaluate its impact by using a range of methods.

November 2012 - August 2015

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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

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Optimising the alcohol reduction smartphone app: Drink Less

This research project will further develop the Drink Less app to incorporate findings from the original Drink Less study to make the app more suitable and user friendly.

January 2018 - July 2019

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Exploring community engagement in local alcohol decision making

This study will explore the range of ways community members can engage with local authorities and influence decisions around alcohol policy in the local area.

February 2018 - November 2018

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Evaluating local authority funding cuts and their consequences for health inequalities

This research aims to prepare the ground for future work assessing how public spending cuts impact on local housing provision and services, particularly those affecting people on low incomes. This work will examine how English local authorities meet the housing needs of disadvantaged residents during the ongoing period of economic hardship and public sector ‘austerity’.

April 2018 - March 2019

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Shaping a ‘healthier food environment’

This research aims to identify, map and explore the use of policy levers and interventions that can be used to influence population health change, in the common local food system across English Local Authorities (LA).

July 2018 - June 2019

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