Introducing the Yorkshire and Humber Practice and Research Collaborative

28 January 2020
By Dr Annette Haywood

The follow up report from the Academy of Medical Sciences focusing on improving the health of the public by 2040 called for the establishment of regional “hubs of engagement” which would build on existing infrastructure to support engagement between public health academic researchers and practitioners working in local authority settings.

In response to this, and utilising legacy funding from the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Research and Care Yorkshire and Humber (CLAHRC YH) we have established a regional hub, known as the ‘Yorkshire & Humber Public Health Practice and Research Collaborative’ (PaRC YH). The aim of this collaborative is to bring public health practitioners and researchers together to identify opportunities to generate locally relevant research to improve and protect the health of the public and translate that research into practice.

The collaborative is gaining momentum across the region and from its inception in June 2019 we have secured support for the PaRC from the majority of academic institutions across the Yorkshire and Humber region. These have joined our active network of regional local authority colleagues who form the Local Authority Research Link or LARK network. The LARK network was established within the Public Health and Inequalities theme of the CLAHRC YH through its ‘Identifying and fulfilling priority evidence needs for Local Authorities’ work stream.

We have developed an animation to show how the PaRC fits into existing infrastructure and are planning a number of research and evidence translation events to bring together practitioners and academic colleagues across Yorkshire and Humber to identify local priorities and opportunities for collaboration. In addition, we will develop a suite of training and resources designed to enable the public health workforce to develop skills in research and evaluation.

The collaborative is supported by Public Health England Yorkshire & Humber, NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN), Yorkshire & Humber Applied Research Consortium (ARC) and the regional Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH).

For further information, please contact:
Dr Annette Haywood (PaRC Manager) a.haywood@sheffield.ac.uk

Professor Liddy Goyder (PaRC Academic Lead) e.goyder@sheffield.ac.uk

The PaRC launch event was held on 21 June 2019.

Images of slides from the PaRC launch event
A room full of attendees at tables watching a presentation