The National Institute for Health and Social Care Research (NIHR) seeks to make the UK a world leader in public health and prevention research. Co-producing research with the public, policy makers and practitioners will ensure research answers the most important questions facing policy makers and services at local and national levels. Local authorities are vital partners in this and to date have not always been able to benefit from the research and evaluation support they may have wanted.

The PHIRST scheme links up academic teams with local authorities to evaluate work that is already happening in local government across the UK. A blog by Helen Walters, NIHR Public Health Consultant Advisor provides the thinking behind its creation.

Further details can be found on the NIHR website.


The NIHR Public Health Research Programme has appointed six academic teams, via the PHIRST scheme. The teams are ready to work with local authorities to co-produce research on the public health impacts of initiatives. The academic teams are fully funded to co-design and undertake robust research in partnership with local authorities

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