Our research is conducted around four key pillars, each led by one of our world-leading academics: Well Communities (Prof Gail Findlay), Starting Well (Prof Angela Harden); Ageing Well; (Prof Gopal Netuveli); and Global and Mental health (Prof Tine Van Bortel). You can find more details on programmes and projects from all of our pillars below.
REACH Pregnancy Programme
The REACH Pregnancy Programme [Research for Equitable Antenatal Care and Health] aims to generate high quality evidence on how to improve access to antenatal care and enhance the value and experience of that care, for pregnant women living in areas with high levels of poverty and ethnic diversity. REACH is funded by an NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Health Research. There are three main projects within the research programme.
Community REACH is addressing ‘What is the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a community based intervention for increasing early initiation of antenatal care and improving maternal and infant outcomes?’ Together with communities, midwives and voluntary organisations in 10 sites across North East London and Essex we have co-designed an area based intervention to support early initiation. The intervention has been implemented in all sites and we are currently collecting data on intervention outcomes, process and costs. #CommunityREACH
User involvement in
maternity services is addressing ‘How can user involvement in planning, monitoring and
improving maternity services be strengthened so that it is more effective and
equitable?’ We have reviewed the literature and conducted a national survey and
qualitative research interviews with Maternity Service Liaison Committees to
find out how maternity services have involved local women in shaping services.
We are continuing to support Barts Health NHS Trust to involve more women, more
The REACH study was shortlisted for the Royal College of Midwives’ Annual Awards in 2017 in the category of reducing inequalities.
Addressing low birth weight in Newham
Together with local partners and residents, IHHD carried out research funded by the borough’s Clinical Commissioning Group to understand the problem of low birth-weight from different perspectives, and pilot community-based interventions to reduce its health consequences.
NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) was shortlisted for the Health Service
Journal’s (HSJ) CCG of the Year award, as a result of the Newham Partnership Programme which includes two projects led by IHHD: Low Birth-Weight in Newham and Dynamic Populations.
Co-designing community based diabetes services
The co-designing diabetes services project has developed a model to empower young people to work with commissioners, providers, researchers and families to improve services and achieve better outcomes for themselves and other children and young people.
This model includes: a) setting
up a collaborative ‘youth forum’ with processes for the recruitment and
employment of paid roles such as young commissioners, young champions and young
co-inquirers; b) a package of training for young people and the resources
needed for ongoing support; and c) a ‘how to’ tool kit for commissioners,
providers and researchers. The model is underpinned by formative work including
reviews of existing evidence, new primary research and a first test of the
model in one inner city London borough, all of which focused on disadvantaged and
marginalised groups of children and young people who are more likely to
experience poor health outcomes. The project has been a collaborative one
between CLAHRC researchers, local providers (Barts Health NHS Trust),
commissioners (Newham CCG), the local commissioning support unit, our local
Academic Health Science Network (UCLPartners) and Healthy London Partnerships.
Funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care, North Thames London.
NHS Involvement Hub
Project video on IHHD site
NHS England Patient & Public Participation Team identified the Co-designing Community- Based Diabetes services for Children and Young People represents best practice, 2016.
The NIHR Central Commissioning Facility (CCF) identified the Co-designing Community- Based Diabetes services for Children and Young People represents best practice and merit dissemination to other Centres, 2017.
Me and EU
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)-funded site, ‘Me & EU’, which is complemented with a mobile phone app, aims to give young voters the key, relevant information to make informed decisions in the UK Referendum on EU membership, 2017 General Election and to understand the key issues being debated in the Brexit negotiation.
The easy-to-understand tools breaks down some of the complexities involved with the Brexit negotiations and colourfully presenting information on a range of topics, including security; the environment and sustainable energy; income and economic justice; education; travel and transport. The site is coordinated by UEL and NTU and is part of King’s College London UK in a Changing Europe programme.
The website was shortlisted for the 99% Campaign Youth Digital Award at the 5th Annual IARS Research and Youth Leadership Awards 2016. IARS annual awards aim to celebrate and reward cutting-edge research and youth leadership from around the world and exemplifies the project meaningful involvement of young people.
Keep Me Safe in Europe (KMSE)
The Keep Me Safe in Europe (KMSE) e-learning tool is a collaboration led by Anglia Ruskin University, the University of East London and other organisations including Walsall Council, European University Cyprus and the South-East European Research Centre.
Keep Me Safe in Europe is unique in its merging of a videogame game play experience and feel with learning about neglect and abuse. This results in a mediate and curated experience that can reach a wide audience, all in context of a carefully safe guarded digital environment. Keep Me Safe in Europe is also widely accessible from browsers and devices and has specific features to facilitate its usage in classes and for facilitating interactive discussions of the themes presented.
The game can be played and downloaded from Keep me safe website.
“Keep me Safe” was shortlisted for the Research of the Year Award at the 5th Annual IARS Research and Youth Leadership Awards 2016.
Reducing blindness in India: Global challenge in reducing blindness
The ORNATE India project is funded by RCUK and aims to reduce the risk of visual impairment due to diabetes by developing a diabetic retinopathy care pathway.
ESRC international studies for life course research
ESRC International Centre for Life Course Studies in Society and Health (ICLS). This in collaboration with UCL, Imperial College London, Manchester University, and Orebro University, Sweden.
ESRC Cross-investment project on social exclusion with Bangor University and UCL. This project is collaboration between two ESRC funded projects, ICLS and CFAS. GN leads on the influences of the environment on social exclusion in older ages.
Since 2007 IHHD has played a major role in the development, delivery and evaluation of Well Communities (formerly called Well London).
Our vision is empowered local communities who have the skills and confidence to take control of and improve their individual and collective health and wellbeing.
Our mission is to develop a robust, evidence-based framework for community action for health and wellbeing that will influence policy and practice to secure real enhancements to wellbeing and reductions in health inequalities across all communities in our capital city and beyond.
Over 35,000 people have participated in Well Communities, which have delivered a wide range of positive outcomes and impacts from improved open spaces to empowered communities with increased knowledge, skills and confidence, and greater capacity for working together to make a positive contribution to their community’s health and wellbeing.
A unique feature of Well Communities is the robust research and evaluation that runs alongside each programme to capture its effectiveness and cost-effectiveness together with comprehensive implementation support, to ensure the fidelity of, and learning about, the model. This IHHD led research has also involved collaboration with a number of other research institutions, including the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the Centre for Health Service Economics and Organisation at Oxford University.
Supported by the Mayor of London and endorsed by Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Well Communities has been recognised nationally and internationally as best practice.
Documentary evidence of the effectiveness of the approach and its very positive impact in Phase 2 is captured in a short film. More information can be found on our website.
This research project aimed to improve understanding of the nature of patient ‘churn’ in Newham and to co-produce improvements that could mitigate its impact on health outcomes and on primary care services.
Members of the IHHD team have developed significant expertise in the evaluation of social prescribing with evaluations for Newham, City and Hackney and Waltham Forest CCGs. They also contributed to London-wide and national guidelines on social prescribing (e.g. economic evidence review and social prescribing toolkit) in collaboration with the national social prescribing network of which they are steering group members.
The expertise of Dr Marcello Bertotti and Caroline Frostick is recognised nationally through their membership of the steering group of the Social Prescribing Network (SPN) which unites health professionals, researchers, practitioners, commissioners, and citizens to exchange valuable practice and develop social prescribing in the UK. The network was set up in 2016 and now has more than 1,300 members across the UK. Through this network, they have contributed to London-wide and national guidelines on social prescribing (e.g.Healthy London Partnership and NHS England) and have facilitated evaluation workshops specifically aimed at commissioners and social prescribing practitioners. More recently, Bertotti has contributed to consultancy work for NHS England investigating the economic evidence base for social prescribing and the development of a social prescribing toolkit.
Post Research Ethics Analysis (PREA) for health research in humanitarian crises
PREA is a research project investigating ethical issues in health research in humanitarian crises.
PROMISE (PROactive Management of Integrated Services and Environments) is a paradigm of co-producing an alternative discourse in mental health care.