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National Institute for Health Research

The goal of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is to create a health research system in which the NHS supports outstanding individuals, working in world-class facilities, conducting cutting-edge research focused on the needs of patients and the public

The reputation of the NHS for international excellence is growing as it gains recognition for being the preferred host for collaborative and multi-centred research in the public interest in partnership with and for industry. This will benefit patients, society, the NHS and all our stakeholders. 

The NIHR works with key partners involved in the different elements of NHS research. 

The NIHR is directed by Professor Dame Sally C. Davies, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Adviser, Department of Health.

NIHR website

Public Health England

What we do - We protect and improve the nation's health, wellbeing and reduce health inequalities

We are responsible for:
  • making the public healthier by encouraging discussions, advising government and supporting action by local government, the NHS and other people and organisations
  • supporting the public so they can protect and improve their own health
  • protecting the nation’s health through the national health protection service, and preparing for public health emergencies
  • sharing our information and expertise with local authorities, industry and the NHS, to help them make improvements in the public’s health
  • researching, collecting and analysing data to improve our understanding of health and come up with answers to public health problems
  • reporting on improvements in the public’s health so everyone can understand the challenge and the next steps
  • helping local authorities and the NHS to develop the public health system and its specialist workforce

Our priorities for 2014 to 2015 are:

  • to protect the public’s health from infectious diseases and other hazards to health
  • to improve the public’s health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities
  • to improve population health through sustainable health and care services
  • to build the capability and capacity of the public health system
  • to develop our own capacity and capability to provide professional, scientific and delivery expertise to our partners
Who we are

We employ 5000 staff (full-time equivalent), mostly scientists, researchers and public health professionals.

We have 15 local centres and 4 regions (north of England, south of England, Midlands and east of England, and London). We work closely with public health professionals in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and internationally.

Public Health England website

King’s College London

King’s College London is a leading research university, (ranked 19th in 2013 QS World rankings) with annual research earnings of £600 million

In the UK King’s is the only university to host six Medical Research Council centres, two of which are connected with this HPRU application.

King’s College London also, with our NHS partners, hosts a comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre and the only UK Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health. 

The experience of King’s staff in environment and health research, our leading role in this field internationally (via UN and WHO committee membership) and our many institutional links ideally suit us to work collaboratively with other bodies and partners through a Health Protection Research Unit.

King's College London website

Imperial College London

Imperial College London is widely recognised as one of the leading research universities in the world with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research

Imperial College embodies and delivers world class scholarship, education and research in science, engineering, medicine and business, with particular regard to their application in industry, commerce and healthcare.

The School of Public Health at Imperial College is rated in the top two nationally in epidemiology and public health in the UK Research Assessment Exercise 2008.

It aims to achieve better health in the population through strengthening the public health science base, training the next generation of public health leaders and influencing health policies and programmes around the world. The School hosts two MRC Centres including the MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health, incorporating the UK Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU). 

SAHSU undertakes a wide programme of research on the health risks associated with sources of environmental pollution, and in the development and application of methods for investigating disease risks in small areas. 

Imperial College London website