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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 and reducing differences between the health of different groups by promoting healthier lifestyles, advising government and supporting action by local government, the NHS and the public
  • protecting the nation from public health hazards
  • preparing for and responding to public health emergencies
  • improving the health of the whole population by sharing our information and expertise, and identifying and preparing for future public health challenges
  • supporting local authorities and the NHS to plan and provide health and social care services such as immunisation and screening programmes, and to develop the public health system and its specialist workforce
  • researching, collecting and analysing data to improve our understanding of public health challenges, and come up with answers to public health problems

We do this through world-leading science, knowledge and intelligence, advocacy, partnerships and providing specialist public health services.


PHE’s strategic plan sets out how PHE intends to achieve its aims by 2020.

Who we are

We are an executive agency of the Department of Health, and a distinct organisation with operational autonomy to advise and support government, local authorities and the NHS in a professionally independent manner.

We employ 5,500 staff (full-time equivalent), mostly scientists, researchers and public health professionals.

We have 8 local centres, plus an integrated region and centre for London, 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 was established on 1 April 2013 to bring together public health specialists from more than 70 organisations into a single public health service.


Public Health England website


King’s College London

King’s College London is a leading research university:

  • one of the top 25 universities in the world (2016-17 QS international world rankings)

  • the fourth oldest university in England

  • research-led and based in the heart of London.

King’s has over 29,600 students (including more than 11,700 postgraduates) from some 150 countries and over 8,000 employees.
King’s provides world-class teaching and cutting-edge research.  In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings.
Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*).
The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of just over £738 million.

King’s Health Partners

King’s, Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King’s Health Partners. King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration. For more information, visit the King's Health Partners' website.

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 is a global top ten university with a world-class reputation in science, engineering, business and medicine.

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 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.

Obesity, cancer, heart disease, dementia and infectious and parasitic diseases are among today's major global public health challenges. Imperial’s School of Public Health is committed to improving health in populations throughout the world.

The School of Public Health is unique in combining world-class research at local, national and international level with translational work within the Academic Health Science Centre in the Imperial College Healthcare Trust and translates science and epidemiology into policy, health education and primary care. Together with its research, teaching and evidence-led policy work, the School of Public Health aims to address the major public health challenges of the twenty-first century. 

As the UK's joint top institution for world-leading public health research, in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the school carries out ground-breaking research throughout its departments.

The School of Public Health provides a strong voice in the development of health policies. It is in an ideal position to carry out world-class research and to translate this into improvements in healthcare and health policy at local, national and international levels across the globe.

The School houses two Medical Research Council Centres and the Imperial Clinical Trials Unit (ICTU), now fully accredited by the UK Clinical Research Collaboration. We have six departments and units across five of the College’s medical campuses which span infectious disease epidemiology, chronic disease epidemiology, primary care and public health, clinical trials and evaluation, neuroepidemiology and genomics.


Imperial College London website