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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 2015 to 2016 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

University College London

University College London is one of the world's leading universities, founded in London to open up education to all on equal terms.

Today our outstanding research and innovative teaching drive entrepreneurial solutions to the world's major problems. UCL was founded in 1826 to open up university education in England to those who had been excluded from it.

In 1878, it became the first university in England to admit women students on equal terms with men.

University College London website

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine  

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health..

 Our mission is to improve health and health equity in the UK and worldwide; working in partnership to achieve excellence in public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and practice. 

Founded in 1899 by Sir Patrick Manson, the School's multidisciplinary expertise includes clinicians, epidemiologists, statisticians, social scientists, molecular biologists and immunologists, and we work with partners worldwide to support the development of teaching and research capacity.

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine website