We are pleased to be leading two important National Priority Research Programmes

The ARC North East and North Cumbria has been awarded a total of £3.75 million from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) to jointly lead two new national research programmes, in Health and Care Inequalities, and Prevention including Behavioural Risk Factors.

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In September 2020, the NIHR announced £13.25 million of funding to deliver seven, new ‘national priority’ research programmes which aim to solve some of the most pressing issues facing health and social care across the country.

Our Applied Research Collaboration for the North East and North Cumbria was selected to lead two of these national priority research programmes – working closely and collaboratively with colleagues from other ARCs and linked organisations.

The two programmes we will lead, are:

The National Priority Consortium in Health and Care Inequalities – £1.875 million

Working jointly with the NIHR ARC Yorkshire and Humber, 13 ARCs from across the country and the Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA), this funding will support research into tackling health and care inequalities. The increasing health inequalities in England, with life expectancy gaps of up to nine years between the most and least deprived neighbourhoods, are having a major impact on the wellbeing of communities, health and care services, and the economy. This extra funding enables research and evaluation that will support the health and care system nationally and regionally to reduce these inequalities.

This research consortium is led by Professor Clare Bambra, Professor of Public Health at Newcastle University and Professor Kate Pickett, Professor of Social Epidemiology at the University of York.

Find out more about the National Priority Consortium in Health and Care Inequalities.

The National Priority Consortium in Prevention, including behavioural risk factors – £1.875 million

Working collaboratively with ARCs across the country, and closely with NIHR ARC West Midlands as a co-leading ARC, this funding will support further research into factors which influence and contribute to people living a longer, healthier life through both primary and secondary disease prevention.

This will include promoting healthier childhoods and reducing multi-morbidities, obesity and mental ill-health across the life course. Work will support the Government’s ‘Grand Challenge’ objective to support people to enjoy at least five extra healthy, independent years of life by 2035, while narrowing the gap between the experience of the richest and poorest.

This research consortium is led by Professor Ashley Adamson, Professor of Public Health Nutrition at Newcastle University, and National Director of the NIHR School for Public Health Research.

Find out more about the National Priority Consortium in Prevention, including Behavioural Risk Factors

If you have any questions about this work, contact Ruth Wilson, Consortia Programme Manager, ARC North East and North Cumbria – ruth.wilson@newcastle.ac.uk