Complex systems

CS-logoPublic health issues are increasingly described as complex or ‘wicked’ because they are often deeply embedded in the fabric of society and prove challenging to address. Complex systems thinking takes into account the context of public health problems. It considers the various levels on which public health can be addressed (local, regional, national and international), and the range of sectors involved (health, education, housing, leisure, etc.).

The Complex Systems research programme cuts across Fuse’s research programmes by aiming to develop initiatives that bridge research, policy and action. The Programme covers a range of topics, including decision making for commissioning, food policy, community care for chronic illnesses, and implementation of Europe’s Health 2020 policy framework.

It has two principal themes:

  • Understanding health systems undergoing transformational change and their impact on populations.
  • Evaluating public health policies intended to improve health and wellbeing.

The Complex Systems research programme objectives are to:

  • Explore the nature of transformational change in complex health systems with a view to identifying the key factors that can aid and sustain change over time.
  • Evaluate the effects on people’s health and health inequalities of the new arrangements for public health commissioning and service delivery in England, including the enhanced role of local government, health and wellbeing boards and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs).
  • Assess the effectiveness of tools and techniques used by commissioners to prioritise public health issues, and how any barriers identified may be overcome.
  • Develop a programme of work informing and evaluating UK public health policies.

The programme aligns with the NIHR School for Public Health Research themes: Children, young people & families; Places & communities; and Public mental health, and its cross-cutting themes: Changing behaviour at a population level; Inequalities; and Efficient & equitable public health systems.

Contact
Professor Luke Vale - Programme co-lead, Newcastle University
Email: luke.vale@ncl.ac.uk

Joanne Gray - Programme co-lead, Northumbria University
Email: joanne3.gray@northumbria.ac.uk

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Researching Priority-setting Tools for Public Health Investment and Disinvestment Decisions.

Last modified: Tue, 02 Apr 2019 12:38:57 BST

babyClear© - promoting smoking cessation in pregnant women

Implementing an effective system level intervention to promote smoking cessation in pregnant women.

Last modified: Fri, 15 Feb 2019 12:27:58 GMT

Foodscape - testing interventions to promote healthier takeaway food

The ‘Foodscape’ study aims to identify effective interventions to change the food offered by takeaways, and to test and evaluate their potential for improving diets and reducing obesity.

Last modified: Fri, 14 Jun 2019 16:22:09 BST