Health Determinants Research Collaboration (HDRC) North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire's Health Determinants Research Collaboration is an exciting opportunity for the council, our partners and our residents to work together on research that seeks to improve health and reduce health inequalities.

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Who are we?

We are one of 24 Health Determinants Research Collaborations across the UK funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR). They aim to boost research capacity and capability within local government to embed a culture of evidence-based decision making to reduce health inequalities.

The funding will enable the authority, in partnership with Hull York Medical School, the University of Hull and the University of York, to boost its research capacity and skills to help identify and address the issues affecting the health of the people of North Yorkshire.

Known as the National Institute for Health and Care Research Health Determinants Research Collaboration North Yorkshire, the five-year programme of funding will help to inform and shape how the council delivers its services.

Why is a Health Determinants Research Collaboration important for North Yorkshire?

While the general population of North Yorkshire is in good health overall, the county includes diverse areas and communities and incorporates urban, rural and coastal districts. This means residents face differing and varied health challenges, depending on where they live.

The most recent English Indices of Deprivation report shows that one in 17 of North Yorkshire residents live in areas that are among the 20 per cent most deprived nationally.

Some communities live shorter lives and have fewer years of good health, due in the main to factors outside their control. However, one of the best ways to understand and improve these differences is through research.

Research shows us that education, income, housing, and access to transportation play a significant role in an individual’s overall health.

This collaboration will help us better identify the local social, economic and environmental factors that influence the health and wellbeing of our residents, and help the council, with our partners, to shape policies and interventions that promote health equity.

What is our vision?

To embed a strong research culture across North Yorkshire Council, that generates robust evidence to inform strategy and influence decision-making. We want to ensure that we create the foundations of understanding, to then develop more efficient use of resources to tackle health inequalities and improve health outcomes for people in North Yorkshire.

Our objectives are:

  • Objective 1 – Culture change
    Fostering and delivering a council-wide culture that is curious and creative in how it utilises research and seeks evidence-based approaches to inform decision-making 
  • Objective 2 – Capacity and capability
    Building the confidence and competence of North Yorkshire Council staff to utilise, engage and excel in research activity, with support from academic research expertise and resource
  • Objective 3 – Collaborations and co-production
    Creating and developing collaborative research partnerships both internally and externally, including public engagement to prioritise, co-design and co-produce our research, ensuring diversity of voice
  • Objective 4 – Champions of excellent research
    Becoming catalysts for change driven by strong, committed and highly motivated leadership, to embed research into strategy and policy development
  • Objective 5 – Communication
    Developing and delivering high-quality processes to facilitate knowledge exchange, effective dissemination, and impact of research outputs to a range of audiences locally, regionally and nationally

How to find out more

About us - We are currently in the early stages of developing the Health Determinants Research Collaboration in North Yorkshire, but if you would like to find out more information about what we are planning, please visit the National Institute for Health and Care Research Award Page -  North Yorkshire Health Determinants Research Collaboration - NIHR Funding and Awards

About Health Determinants Research Collaboration’s - You can find out more here - Health Determinants Research Collaborations | NIHR

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