NIHR School for Public Health Research

Established in April 2012, the NIHR School for Public Health Research is partnership between eight leading academic centres with excellence in applied public health research in England.  The School aims to build the evidence base for effective public health practice. Our 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.

The eight leading academic centres include University College London, University of Bristol, University of Cambridge, University of Liverpool, University of Lancaster, FUSE - the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, Peninsula College of Medicine & Dentistry, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

A link to the main NIHR School for Public Health external webpage can be found at the right-hand side of this page.

ScHARR Management Group

Professor Liddy Goyder - Director
Professor Nick Payne - Associate Director
Dr Sarah Salway - Senior Research Fellow
Mrs Vivienne Walker - Co-ordinator

Stakeholder Networking Event (Sheffield) 21 May 2013

The University of Sheffield’s first NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR) Stakeholder Networking Event was held on 21st May 2013.

The purpose of the event was to:
• To inform regional stakeholders about the SPHR research programme (including work on: Ageing Well, Inequalities and Young People & Alcohol).
• To gain insights and inputs from stakeholders that can guide the work of SPHR and strengthen its impact on policy and practice.
• To identify promising public health interventions that have the potential to be evaluated with support from SPHR.
• To identify opportunities for future collaborative work that builds on the strengths and resources within SPHR and our wider stakeholders.


Short presentations from practitioners across all sectors were followed by a lively group discussion.
The second part of the event gave the opportunity for small group discussion on core SPHR themes.


Click on the links below to view the full notes from the day

Stakeholder Networking Event, Full Notes from the Day

Introduction to the NIHR National School for Public Health Research

Public Health England and potential links to SPHR

Alcohol programme overview

Ageing Well programme summary

Health Inequalities - Big Local programme overview

SPHR launches innovative scheme to evaluate local public health initiatives
The Public Health Practice Evaluation Scheme (PHPES)

SPHR’s goal is to produce high quality evidence needed by public health practice to improve the health of the population and help reduce health inequalities. To achieve this, the School must address the challenges faced by public health professionals working on the ‘front line’.
To help respond to these challenges, we have set up the Public Health Practice Evaluation Scheme (PHPES). PHPES enables public health practitioners to work in partnership with the SPHR team on robust evaluations of innovative public health projects or initiatives they are delivering.

Overview of the SPHR Public Health Practice Evaluation Scheme

sphr.nihr.ac.uk/in-partnership-with-practice/phpes/