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Public Health Practice Evaluation Scheme

The NIHR School for Public Health Research aims to produce high quality evidence for public health practice to improve population health and reduce health inequalities.  To achieve this, the School must 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.

The Public Health Practice Evaluation Scheme (PHPES), operated in collaboration with Public Health England from 2013-2018.  PHPES enables people working in public health who are introducing innovative initiatives aimed at improving health, to work in partnership with SPHR to conduct rigorous evaluations of their cost-effectiveness. The scheme was particularly focused on local public health initiatives, rather than projects that are part of national programmes.

The PHPES is currently undergoing a review.  We hope to announce a new PHPES funding call in spring 2019.  To register your interest in the scheme please click here to add your details to the SPHR mailing list and include PHPES in the ‘area of interest’ section.

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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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Public Health Practice Evaluation Scheme: lessons learned

This project will evaluate the first five years of the Public Health Practice Evaluation Scheme to inform and improve the School's future research collaboration.

April 2018 - December 2018

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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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Evaluation of the Public Health Alcohol Licencing (PHAL) Tool

This study aimed to understand more about how public health practitioners in London undertake alcohol licensing work and the factors that shape how they can influence licensing decisions.

July 2016 - May 2018

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How does reducing the cost of local authority leisure facilities impact health inequalities?

SPHR researchers investigated whether concessionary prices or free access to leisure supported people to participate in physical activity across several areas in North West England.

October 2014 - January 2017

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Feasibility study of the impact of a social prescribing intervention

This study assessed whether the social prescribing service called Ways to Wellness in the West End of Newcastle had a positive impact on the health of its service users.

July 2016 - March 2017

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Exposing the impact of advice services on health and inequalities

This project aimed to find out how, why, for whom, and in what circumstances Citizen Advice Gateshead (CAG) services were effective in improving health.

May 2014 - 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

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Community –based prevention of diabetes (ComPoD)

The aim of this project was to assess whether an existing community-based diabetes prevention programme was more successful than the usual care received by those who are risk of developing diabetes to lose weight, modify other diabetes risk factors and improve their health.

July 2014 - December 2016

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