18 Oct 2022

This funding from the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) to set up Health Determinants Research Collaborations (HDRCs) will enable local authorities to become more research-active and embed a culture of evidence-based decision making.

Lambeth is one of 13 local authorities to get this new funding in the first round to form new HDRCs across the UK, to provide capacity and capability through collaborations with researchers and other stakeholders to undertake research to address the wider determinants of health and health inequalities.

Life expectancy and healthy life expectancy has fallen in the last few years – the funding from NIHR will help take action to reverse this trend by using research and evidence to improve the health and wellbeing of local people.

Lambeth Council’s Public Health Team worked with local people, staff and partners at Black Thrive, King’s College London and ARC South London to design Lambeth HEART – a name chosen to spell out Health Evaluation and Research Network. Watch the bid video to learn more about the Lambeth HEART vision.

We hope to build on Lambeth Council’s staff and local residents’ interest in taking part in research and using its findings. We hope they will work with us to identify research priorities. Lambeth Council could be ‘research ready’ for new ideas and help find out what works.

Professor Jill Manthorpe, social care theme lead

Jill Manthorpe, professor of social work, King’s College London and social care theme lead at ARC South London