Our work

We conduct high quality, innovative applied health research that broadly focuses on five themes. We also responded quickly during COVID-19 to ensure our research informed important health decision making. Click on the headings below to find out more. 


Mental health

Nationwide, 30% of us will be affected by mental health issues every year and many suffer from treatment inequalities. We investigate the reasons for this and test better prevention and management approaches. This increases fairness in provision and delivers more efficient care. 



Multimorbidity refers to when someone is living with multiple long-term health conditions at the same time. 54% of people over 65 have multiple health problems and this is projected to rise by 14% by 2035. We examine socio-demographic differences in service use, experiences and outcomes and test ways to reduce inappropriate prescribing, improve frailty detection, the quality of NHS treatment and how services connect. 


Population health and social care

We help local authorities decide the best ways to provide services to promote health and wellbeing. We look at persistent problems (child health inequalities, impacts of multiple disadvantage, pollution, sustainable social care) and emerging issues (gambling, knife crime). 


Innovation and implementation science

We evaluate new models of care, digital technologies and approaches to improving health system performance. We want to improve implementation in diverse settings, provide frameworks and tools for practitioners and reduce the delay between innovation and putting it into everyday practice. 


Health economics and data

This theme supports the others to make better use of advances, including linking data and measuring value for money. 



We have rapidly mobilised the applied health research community during the COVID-19 pandemic, to respond to the most urgent national and regional needs for evidence, to inform decision making, resource allocation and healthcare provision.

Search through all of our research projects on our Research page.

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