Established in April 2012 with a budget of £20 million over five years, The National Institute for Health Research School for Public Health Research (NIHR SPHR) is a partnership between the Universities of Sheffield, Bristol, Cambridge, Exeter, UCL; The London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; the LiLaC collaboration between the Universities of Liverpool and Lancaster and Fuse.
The School aims to build the evidence base for effective public health practice. It's research looks at what works practically to improve population health and reduce health inequalities, can be applied across the country and better meets the needs of policymakers, practitioners and the public.
Working in SPHR
Fuse has worked with other members of SPHR to develop stimulating and successful collaborative partnerships to address major public health issues.
The research undertaken as part of SPHR includes work with midwives to reduce smoking in pregnancy, work with the owners of takeaways to improve the healthiness of the food offered, and development of ways to help police staff to offer advice about heavy drinking when people have been arrested.
In other work, we have helped find ways to encourage GPs to ask people about drinking in their health checks, contributed to a change in food labelling to make it easier for people to make healthier choices and produced advice on reducing sugar intake.
We have produced evidence that being in work changes people’s life chances for the better and helps recovery from illness. We have worked with local authorities to examine how they use research evidence in decisions about which services to fund or stop funding, and have developed tools to help support them in this vital work.