The NIHR Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Evaluation of Interventions is part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and is in partnership between University of Bristol and Public Health England (PHE) in collaboration with University College London, Cambridge Medical Research Council (MRC) Biostatistics Unit and University of the West of England. It was established in April 2014.
Thirteen HPRUs, funded by the Government's National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), act as centres of excellence in multi-disciplinary health protection research in England to increase high quality applied health protection research – our role is to support PHE in delivering its objectives and functions for the protection of the public’s health.
The aim of the NIHR HPRU in evaluation is to provide a multidisciplinary research team that will increase the capacity of Public Health England (PHE) to undertake applied research on the development and evaluation of interventions, focusing on PHE priorities in the area of infection.
Our research team includes specialists in epidemiology, paediatrics, primary care, sexual health, evidence synthesis, statistical and mathematical modelling, behavioural science/health psychology & qualitative methods, health economics, trial design, and patient and public involvement. We provide capacity for rapid evidence development in the context of emergency health protection response.
Our research themes include: economic evaluation, population studies, primary care, evidence synthesis, and behavioural science. Our focus is on combining methodological development with undertaking specific studies that support intervention development and evaluation and inform clinical and public health guidelines and policy and practice.
The HPRU Directors are Professor Matthew Hickman from the School of Social and Community Medicine and Dr Isabel Oliver, Director of Field Epidemiology for Public Health England.
Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPI) is led by Professor Dave Evans and Dr Noreen Hopewell-Kelly in partnership with NIHR CLAHRC-West.
The HPRU also provides support for Bristol Health Partners Health Integration Teams (HITs) concerned with health protection. HITs are cross-organisational and interdisciplinary groups set up to harness research, innovation, education, healthcare and prevention strengths to improve health outcomes. Our current health protection related HITs are: