Poo Patrol: Community-led science and action to reduce dog fouling and improve child health
Fouling of public areas by dog faeces has serious public health impacts, not least by discouraging healthy outdoor play.
This research engaged schools and communities to support and monitor their efforts to stimulate behaviour change among dog owners.
Online GP consultation systems need further development and careful implementation to realise benefits
Policymakers are advocating technological alternatives to face-to-face GP consultations to reduce GP workload and patient waiting times. This research evaluated an online consultation system and found that it did not reduce GP workload, but could improve access for some patients. Online consultation systems could be improved by changing the way they are marketed to patients and used.
Developing inclusive care homes for older people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT)
Care home staff and managers often lack knowledge about the delivery of personalised care to older LGBT residents.
Pregnancy loss: consistent bereavement care pathways needed
This research looked at the extent to which the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) Guidance (2015) has been incorporated into hospital policies for the management and disposal of pregnancy remains within NHS England.
Advice to eat fish at least twice a week during pregnancy lost in confusing guidelines
This research evaluated the associations between fish consumption, mercury and child development in the UK
Care homes need urgent review
This research examines how we can improve the quality of life of older people in care homes.
Conflicts of interest in healthcare: NHS procurement rules must be clarified
This research takes stock of recent developments in NHS governance and explores ways to clarify procurement rules.
Policies that reduce greenhouse gases can improve human wellbeing
This research assesses the impact of urban policies on human wellbeing.
Energy planning in cities requires holistic assessment of both environmental and health impacts
This research has developed a model for analysing energy related policies and their effects both in the city and beyond.
Clean water linked to rising birth rates in Africa: why development initiatives must consider women’s reproductive services
This research explores the unintended consequences of foreign aid and highlights the need for community based, bottom-up approaches to rural development initiatives in Africa.
Good Practice Guidance on working with parents with a learning disability must be updated and placed at the heart of practice
The Good Practice Guidance on working with parents with a learning disability must be moved from the archive to the desktop.
Active after-school clubs are important for improving children’s physical activity
This briefing highlights the finding that after-school is a key time for children to be physically active. It also identifies training for existing school staff as a potentially cost-effective way of increasing physical activity provision.
The 2008 Global Financial Crisis: effects on mental health and suicide
The 2008-2013 recession was followed by rises in suicide in England and other affected countries. It is critical that we learn lessons from the recent recession to reduce the impact of future economic downturns on suicide and mental health.
Improving sheep and goat health: community-led monitoring and targeted treatment
Monitoring the health of whole herds and targeting treatment at individual animals that need it most can effectively improve animal health and productivity while minimising cost. This research looked at a community-led framework for gutworm treatment for goats and sheep in northern Botswana.
Priorities for suicide prevention: balancing the risks and opportunities of internet use
Minimising the risks of the internet while harnessing its potential for good is one of the most significant emerging challenges for suicide prevention. This research explored how people with suicidal feelings use the internet, and its impact on their suicidal behaviour.
Getting girls active: Reducing gender inequality in physical activity
Most girls are less active than boys from childhood to adolescence. Creative and concerted efforts are needed to directly address this gender gap. Our research shows that peers, parents, active travel to school and after-school clubs hold promise to help girls become and stay active.
Delivery is just as important as content in sex and relationship education
This research looks at what makes sex and relationship education effective and acceptable to young people
Too many takeaways? How the food environment affects the health and wellbeing of communities
“We don’t have a single youth club, any safe places where youngsters can come together and have a good time. So the takeaways become the place where youngsters meet.” - Aisha
Appropriate Adults: Protecting the rights
and welfare of vulnerable adults in custody
There is no standard model of funding for Appropriate Adult services for
vulnerable adults and provision is often inadequate. Local authorities can fund
provision as part of their wider safeguarding responsibilities.
Cleft lip and palate: Improve centralised model of care to ensure best outcomes for children
This research assesses the impact of centralising cleft lip and palate care services on child outcomes, 15 years after centralisation.