Our research agenda
Findings from a survey of stakeholders on the future of health and healthcare in England identified concerns included an ageing population, health inequalities, changes in the patterns of disease and many conditions driven by lifestyle and environmental factors. These set alongside a health system looking to improve the way it delivers care and in a more joined up way, using the potential that big data can provide to better diagnose and treat illness, and all that in the light of the constant innovation in medicine and technology.
In Wessex older people, frailty and mental health are in the top 3 concerns closely followed by multi morbidity, obesity, dementia and workforce pressures.
Our research programme for the first two years will focus on four main areas which have some overlap. They are:
- Ageing and Dementia
- Healthy Communities
- Long Term Conditions
- Workforce and Health Systems
Underpinning all the research we do at NIHR ARC Wessex are a number of key principles that steer us as an organisation. These are important to help make sure that the work we do has a long lasting impact that benefits the community locally but also further afield.
Capacity building aims to increase the number of people doing great health research
Public collaboration and involvement makes sure that the work we do is useful in the real world and is explained clearly
Engaging with our partners makes sure that everyone can benefit from the research we are doing and can working together means we can share resource and expertise
We need to translate the research into action in the health and care systems in Wessex, so there is a strong focus on implementation. Our research and evidence needs to be used