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.

Friday, May 1st, 2020

Call for transparency of COVID-19 models

Science has today published a letter calling for transparency in COVID-19 models.

Dr Chris Gibbons, a SIPHER Policy Partner at Sheffield City Council, co-authored the letter. This highlights a great benefit of our co-production with policy-makers in SIPHER.

Chris is the only policy signatory on the letter. We are really excited that having such close links between academic and policy colleagues is leading to collaboration across the international research community.

Thursday, April 30th, 2020

Petra Meier to lead programme of Systems Science research at Glasgow’s SPHSU

We are delighted to announce that our Director, Professor Petra Meier, is moving to the University of Glasgow this summer. Petra will lead a new programme of systems science work at the Social and Public Health Science Unit (SPHSU).

The move creates an opportunity to build on and extend our current work in SIPHER. We are excited about the new possibilities this will bring and look forward to welcoming new colleagues to our SIPHER Team.

Thursday, April 9th, 2020

New funding to explore self-referred social prescribing

We have secured new funding to explore approaches to self-referred social prescribing. ‘Intervention development for community-based self-referred social prescribing’ will develop guidance for a whole systems approach to social prescribing. We will also propose pathways for self-referral to support increased social prescribing within communities.

Led by the University of Plymouth, the research team is a collaboration between the University of Sheffield, University of Oxford and local government and third sector organisations in Cornwall. Our work is funded through the Medical Research Council’s Public Health Intervention Development Scheme.

SIPHER is leading the whole systems mapping activity. Resident systems mapping expert Mo Hassannezhad is a Co-Investigator on the grant and so will lead this work for SIPHER.

The project will start in Autumn 2020.