Health Determinants Research Collaborative

Our exciting project will help us better understand the health issues in our area.

We have been awarded £4.8million from the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) to set up a centre for research excellence, aimed at increasing the research capacity of Cumberland Council and conducting research with our communities about health inequalities.

NIHR Health Determinants Research Collaborations enable local authorities to become more research-active, embedding a culture of evidence-based decision making in their activities.    

The council bid for the funding as part of its commitment to put improving the health and wellbeing of residents at the heart of its work. It also wants to take a preventative, evidence-based and innovative approach to the issues many of its resident’s face and embed this across the work of all of its teams. 

What will this mean?

The money will go towards the creation of a new research team within the council which will work with partners in the voluntary sector. It will also allow close partnership working with researchers at the University of Cumbria and the University of Central Lancashire. Much of the team's work will focus on some of the more deprived local communities in the area.   

By boosting research the council and its partners will have a better understanding of the health issues and inequalities in the area, allowing it to develop strategies on how best to tackle them to improve the health and wellbeing of its residents.

Find out more about our plans

You can find out more about our ambitions by reading our Business Plan:

You can also hear from Colin Cox – Cumberland Council’s Director of Public Health – as he talks about public health, the project and the opportunities it provides:

You can also hear from Brian Webster Henderson - University of Cumbria Recruitment.

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Work for the HDRC

Be part of our new research team and work with key academic partners and our community to research and understand health outcomes in a non-NHS setting. Take the opportunity to connect with our residents and champion our health and wellbeing research agenda.

Explore the vacancies within our ground breaking new research team:

Our Research and Innovation Manager and Research Officer posts were advertised in March 2024.