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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 call for applications to PHPES 2019 is now open. Details can be found here.

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NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme - process evaluation

In preparation for ‘Healthier You’, NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, areas across England were selected to become ‘demonstrator sites’.

1 September 2015 - 31 March 2016

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Evaluation of a Welfare Advice Hubs pilot scheme in primary care settings

In recent NHS surveys General Practitioners (GP) reported increased demands on their time from patients requiring support for social, non-clinical needs.

1 December 2015 - 28 February 2017

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How to public health professionals view and engage with research?

This research focused two responsive research schemes: the Public Health Practitioner Evaluation Scheme (PHPES) run by the NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR); and Fuse’s ‘AskFuse’ service.

1 April 2014 - 31 March 2016

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Coping through football

Coping Through Football is an innovative project in North East London that offers football coaching sessions to aid the recovery of young people and adults experiencing mental health problems.

May 2016 - July 2018

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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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