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.

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

First SIPHER Researcher Technical Meeting

On the 18th and 19th March our researchers came together for the very first SIPHER Researcher Technical Meeting. Over 20 of our academic and embedded researchers and PhD students joined the 2-day meeting.

During the meeting team members from different disciplines and organisations came together (virtually!) to share their work in SIPHER. It was a chance for people to get to know each other and explore how we can work together to enhance SIPHERs interdisciplinarity.

Topics of discussion included SIPHER’s approach to systems mapping and how inclusive economies improve health and reduce inequalities. In addition, our researchers each presented a summary of their role in SIPHER.

Above all, we hope this first meeting will provide a springboard for future collaborative meetings across the Consortium.

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

Lord Kerslake to Chair Inclusive Growth Topic Advisory Group

We are delighted to announce that Lord Kerslake will chair our Inclusive Growth Topic Advisory Group.

Lord Kerslake is the president of the Local Government Association and permanent secretary at the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Our Topic Advisory Group will provide expert advice as SIPHER develops inclusive growth models across our three policy partners: Sheffield, Greater Manchester and Scotland. The group will meet twice a year. The first meeting will take place in May 2020.

Wednesday, February 5th, 2020

SIPHER welcomes new Practice Partners

SIPHER’s Practice Partners are organisations and partnerships helping us to make sure that our work is relevant to a wide range of settings and policy questions.

This week we are excited to welcome two new Practice Partners to SIPHER. The Behavioural Science and Public Health Network and Hertfordshire County Council join our valued Practice Partners:

  • Public Health England
  • Public Health Wales
  • NHS Health Scotland
  • NICE
  • Learn Sheffield
  • Sheffield City Partnership
  • Northern Health Sciences Alliance
  • Local Government Association
  • Edinburgh City Deal
  • The Alan Turing Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

These organisations work with SIPHER in a variety of different ways. For example, strategic input, technical advice (such as managing data), and dissemination and knowledge exchange.

We look forward to working with our Practice Partners over the coming years.

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

SIPHER contributes to the debate at the CPP Inclusive Growth Conference 2019

Professor Petra Meier attended the CPP Inclusive Growth Conference in London today to participate in a panel discussion on “Increasing healthy life expectancy: a proxy for inclusive growth in action?”. Petra talked about the limited understanding of the links between inclusive growth and health. She also shared ideas for how we might fill the evidence gaps.

The event was a good chance to learn what cities around the world are doing to promote an inclusive economy. For example, it was interesting to hear from the Mayors of Bristol and Lisbon.

SIPHER looks forward to contributing to and shaping the inclusive economy debate. To find out more follow us @SipherC.