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Systems, Services and Strategy in Health and Care

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Systems, Services and Strategy in Health and Care

Research Systems, Services and Strategy is a cross-cutting strategic research programme which aligns the AWRC’s research themes with local and regional healthcare services and systems. It enables the AWRC to develop implementation methods that sustain a partnership infrastructure and capacity to contribute to health and wellbeing.

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We undertake high quality research and evaluation that focuses on physical activity, population health, wellbeing, and reducing inequality. We engage in transformative research which impacts on the health and care of individuals and population groups via changes in policy or practice. Our programme includes priority areas for research into population health outcomes and implementing new ways of working.

We are committed to sustainability, addressing environmental impact and climate change, working toward zero carbon, and the resulting benefits to personal health and wellbeing.

The focus on policy change and strategic engagement is complemented with a hyper-local approach to the promotion of physical activity and a commitment to identifying and recruiting partners and participants in research.

Key areas of focus

  • Driving reduction in health inequality
  • Improving health and wellbeing with novel interventions and improvement in services
  • Measuring population health outcomes
  • Public involvement in research and co-production methods
  • Working with individuals, communities and the health and care organisations as academic partners

Key methodologies

  • Systems thinking and mapping
  • Implementation science
  • Participatory action and improvement
  • Whole systems approaches to physical activity
  • Co-production and evaluation

Programme Leads

Dr Sally Fowler-Davis

Prof. Sally Fowler Davis

Strategic Programme Lead and Associate Professor of Organisation in Health and Care

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Lucie Nield

Lucie Nield

Strategic Programme Co-Lead and Senior Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics

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Doctoral Students

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Elysa Ioannou

Optimising Physical Activity Interventions after Gestational Diabetes

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