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PHIRST scheme project teams


22 March 2022


1.0 March 2022


The Public Health Research (PHR) Programme is keen to enable local government to be research active. One way it is doing this is through the Public Health Intervention Responsive Studies Teams (PHIRST) scheme which enables evaluation of schemes that local authorities already have in place, providing research evidence to meet local government needs. Our funded research aims to help find out what impact these schemes have on the health and health inequalities experienced by local populations.

The PHIRST scheme is fully-funded to co-design and co-produce evaluations of local authority initiatives in real-time. Our PHIRST teams are currently supporting evaluation of twenty-four initiatives, examples of which are listed below. We have recently recruited a further two academic teams to the PHIRST Scheme and they will start evaluating initiatives in Spring 2022.

PHIRST projects - a sample of active and complete

The two new academic teams joining the PHIRST Scheme will be led by Prof Ben Barr (University of Liverpool), and Dr Elizabeth Orton (University of Nottingham).