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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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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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Evaluating the Cambridgeshire Time Credits project

This project aimed to evaluate the outcomes of the Time Credits project in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, to determine the initiative’s potential to tackle social exclusion and loneliness, and to assess the extent to which it can improve wellbeing and increase community cohesion and social capital.

August 2015 - May 2017

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Evaluating Smokefree Homes Service in Stoke-on-Trent

This project aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of the Smokefree Homes Service in Stoke on Trent to see if it was an effective way to reduce children's exposure to environmental tobacco smoke and make homes smoke free.

September 2016 - April 2018

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DrinkThink: alcohol screening and brief intervention for young people in youth, social service and healthcare settings

This research aimed to investigate how DrinkThink, a specially designed alcohol screening and brief intervention (ASBI) for young people, was being applied by staff who were trained in its delivery.

June 2014 - March 2017

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Breakthrough mentoring

This study explored how breakthrough mentoring, which carefully matches a young person with an adult mentor who has similar interests, could be used to improve young people's behaviour, health and wellbeing.

June 2013 - September 2015

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