In 2019 the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) awarded funding for a Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) in the North East and North Cumbria (NENC). ARCs aim to tackle the key issues facing health and social care systems and which cause health and care inequality. The funding allows researchers to focus on the biggest health and social issues locally and to develop solutions that reflect the needs and views of local people. The ARC’s vision for the North East and North Cumbria is to achieve ‘better, fairer health and care at all ages and in all places.’
As part of the NENC ARC, the Centre for Research in Health and Society at the University of Cumbria received specific funding for:
- A four year scoping review into health and social inequalities
- Two full time PhD studies
- Five open grant funded research projects.
More detail of these can be found on the pages below.
The Health and Social Inequalities Review
The first stage of the research is the scoping review below, mapping the inequities apparent in North Cumbria from the national Indices of Multiple Deprivation. The purpose is to map health and social inequalities in North Cumbria in order to identify what the issues are, who they affect and in which ways. Ultimately, our aim is to inform more equitable health, social care and community services in North Cumbria.
The second stage of this research is collecting narratives and stories in order to develop a range of case studies of the impact of inequity in North Cumbria.
Funded PhD Studies
Trauma Informed Arts Based Practices with Children, Young People and Families in North Cumbria - this three year full time PhD study by Lydia Pell is in its initial stages of development and more detail will be provided when its fully defined. Lydia would be glad to hear from any such practices across North Cumbria.
Non-representational Theory in Evaluation in North Cumbria – this three year full time PhD study by Adam Webb is in its initial stages of development and is likely to explore participation, co-production and co-design of services. Further details will be provided when it is fully defined.
Open Grant Funded Research Projects
Experts by Experience: Youth Perspectives on Health and Wellbeing – a participatory youth research project
This project aims to improve health and care services for young people across NENC and is a partnership between the University of Cumbria, Northumbria University, William Howard School and Carlisle Youth Zone.
The team will support 35 young people to become confident and capable young researchers, inquiring into health and wellbeing issues important to them. There will be a group of 20 young researchers in William Howard School and 15 young researchers in Carlisle Youth Zone researching between January and July 2020. The young people will undertake research projects of their choice supported by the research team. We hope this will lead to more youth informed and young person friendly health and wellbeing policy and practice across NENC, enabling young people to experience better health and wellbeing.
Simultaneously the research team will research the process of youth participatory research enabling more youth led research and co-production to happen regionally and nationally.
Young people from Carlisle Youth Zone spent a week researching young people’s health. They have produced the following film to share their experiences and learning: Experts by Experience - an autoethnographic research film featuring the work of young people at Carlisle Youth Zone 2021.
An Exploration of Therapeutic Horticulture and Agriculture as Supports for Vulnerable Young People’s Wellbeing
This research aims to improve health and care services for young people across NENC by providing a model of therapeutic horticulture and therapeutic agriculture for children and young people who are marginalised. The objectives are to develop site specific insight into these services which can be generalised to NENC and beyond in the form of practice and policy guidelines. This 15 month research project is in partnership between the University of Cumbria, Susan’s Farm, The Children’s Foundation, and Newcastle University.
The RDS support health and social care researchers on all aspects of developing grant applications. Advice is free of charge and confidential. Advisors from the RDS are at the Fusehill site regularly (see list of dates and locations below). If you have an idea for a research project that you would like to discuss with the RDS please email email@example.com to arrange an appointment
The RDS service is usually located at the Fusehill Street Campus one day each week. Due to the unprecedented global challenges concerning the covid-19 virus the proposed sessions below for the remainder of this academic year will now not take place. The RDS service are taking teleconference/Skype consultation appointments if anyone wants to urgently discuss a research project. Any enquires or RDS appointment can be made via firstname.lastname@example.org and 0191 208 7000.
Stuart, K., Shay, M. (2018) Countering Epistemological Exclusion Through Critical-Ethical Research to Support Social Justice: Methodological Comparisons Between Australia and the United Kingdom in Educational Research in the Age of Anthropocene.
Kenward, L. (2018) ‘Developing a framework as a concourse management strategy: a selected literature review to guide novice researchers using Q Methodology’ Nurse Researcher.
Health and Social Inequalities Scoping Review: email@example.com
Trauma Informed Arts Based Practices – firstname.lastname@example.org
Non-representational Theory in Evaluation – email@example.com
Youth Participatory Research: firstname.lastname@example.org
Therapeutic Horticulture and Agriculture: email@example.com
For general contact with the research centre reach us at:
Linkedin: Centre for Research in Health and Society