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    Public Health Practice Evaluation Scheme

    Working with public health professionals to evaluate initiatives to improve health and reduce inequalities.

The Public Health Practice Evaluation Scheme (PHPES) was an innovative funding scheme that provided an opportunity for people working in public health to work with us to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of initiatives aimed at improving health. PHPES took place in the first two phases of the School (2012–2021). The success of PHPES has led to the launch of a new, larger scheme – the NIHR Public Health Responsive Study Teams (PHIRST). In light of this, we are now reviewing PHPES for the current phase of the School (2022–2027) and there will be an announcement in due course.

Background of PHPES

The scheme helped address the challenges faced by public health practitioners working on the ‘front line’ in the NHS, in local authority public health teams, in other local authority departments including social care, schools and transport, and also in the third sector. PHPES focused on local public health initiatives and aimed to produce high quality evidence for public health practice to improve population health and reduce health inequalities.

Find out more about the PHPES projects below.


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