Monday, November 30th, 2020

Visualising the spread of COVID-19 across England

Colin Angus has been drawing Covid related graphs for a number of months now. In this short article he explores temporal variations in the peak number of Covid cases by Local Authority.

The visualisation illustrates that the peak number of cases in many of the worst-affected areas such as Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and Liverpool actually happened a fair bit earlier than most of the rest of the country, where cases are only now starting to come down.

Read more here.

Monday, November 2nd, 2020

SIPHER Welcomes New Team Members

Over the past 2 months we have welcomed 10 new members to our SIPHER team. We are delighted to introduce:

  • Colin Angus, Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield
  • Anna Brook, Specialty Registrar in Public Health in Yorkshire and Humber
  • Ally Brown, PhD Student at the University of Strathclyde
  • Tarani Chandola, Professor of Medical Sociology at the University of Manchester
  • Rob Clay, PhD Student at the University of Leeds
  • Becky Field, Research Associate at the University of Sheffield
  • Kate Hayes, PhD Student at the University of Sheffield
  • Anna Macintyre, Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde
  • Kimberley Smith, Health Inequalities Policy Advisor for the Scottish Government
  • Hui Zhang, Research Associate at the University of Sheffield

For more information on our new colleagues visit our team page.

Thursday, October 15th, 2020

SIPHER’s Embedded Researchers present at Laria 2020

Our Embedded Researchers Nicola McHugh (Sheffield City Council), Dan Chedgzoy (Sheffield City Council) and Mary Gogarty (Greater Manchester Combined Authority) are today presenting at Laria 2020

Their presentation is part of a session on ‘Working Together‘ and is titled ‘From ‘Public Health Policy’ to ‘Healthy Public Policy’ – an introduction to the SIPHER consortium. They will share their experiences, from a local and regional perspective, of the first year of working as part of the SIPHER Consortium.

Find out more here.

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

The COVID-19 Pandemic and Health Inequalities

Clare Bambra and colleagues have written an essay examining the implications of COVID-19 for health inequalities.

Their work draws on historical and contemporary evidence from pandemics including Spanish Influenza (1918) and H1N1 (2009). In addition to exploring inequalities in infection and mortality rates from Covid-19, the authors explore the potential implications of lockdown for health inequalities. They conclude with reflections on the longer-term public health policy responses needed to ensure that the COVID-19 pandemic does not increase health inequalities for future generations.

Read the full article in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health here.

Friday, June 12th, 2020

Complex systems modelling can guide policy and practice

SIPHER Director Professor Petra Meier has worked with colleagues across the world to co-author this piece on complex systems modelling.

The authors describe some benefits of complex systems modelling and how it can be used to guide policy and practice. Additionally, they explore common misunderstandings of the application of the method in mental health and suicide prevention policy and planning.

Topics explored include, for example:

  • The difference between population-level dynamic models and individual risk models;
  • How participatory model building can help to uncover assumptions; and,
  • The value in models for refining and targeting interventions despite uncertainty.