In the UK, the prevalence of type 2 diabetes, many cancers and cardiovascular diseases is increasing. The costs of these diseases to the individual, the health and social care systems and economy are large. Research is urgently needed about how best to prevent disease and support early diagnosis, and so improve population health and wellbeing. In response to this, the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) has awarded the Three Schools £10m to deliver a programme of prevention research.
An important part of the programme will be capacity building. This will include a fellowship scheme, career development awards and an early career research forum based on the SPHR Researchers Network (ResNet).
The NIHR Three Research Schools have been awarded £10m of funding, hosted by SPHR to deliver a programme of prevention research from 2023–2027. The programme aims to develop, evaluate and understand how to implement interventions which promote health and wellbeing, treat conditions early, and manage health problems to prevent severe disease.
During the first few months of the prevention research programme, we are undertaking a period of consultation with policy makers, practitioners, users, carers and patients and/or other experts by experience nominated by the NIHR Schools for Public Health, Primary Care and Social Care Research. The consultation aims to identify evidence gaps and prioritise research to understand and deliver prevention, timely diagnosis and appropriate intervention for people at increased risk of poor health, to prevent premature deaths, improve population health, reduce health and wellbeing inequalities and ensure that health and social care services support and meet population needs.
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