What are we doing?
In 2020, the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) commissioned work to identify the barriers to research in local authority setting. As a result, a number of roles were created across the UK to address some of these barriers, with the aim of increasing research culture in this context.
In Cheshire & Merseyside, our focus is on developing and facilitating communication between public health and academic staff, as well as building links with the community. To do this we have developed this research hub, as a space to share and build our research community and culture.
The research hub, led by Dr Ifeoma Onyia, Director of Public Health, Halton Council and Dr Nia Coupe, Senior Research Associate, Lancaster University, officially launched in April 2022 and runs regular events which can be found here.
Other organisations who can assist with research collaborations and proposals:
Liverpool Health Partners is a network of NHS and education partners across our region. Further information and contact details are available here
NIHR Research Design Service North West provides advice and on all aspects of research design for those planning to submit for funding to support applied health or social care in the North West of England. If you are planning to submit a proposal, you can request advice via their website here
The Director of Public Health lead for the Public Health Research Hub is Dr Ifeoma Onyia