The PHRC research programme has been developed in consultation with the DH Policy Research Programme and informed by current policy needs. The focus is on major health determinants, and the programme has included projects on smoking, obesity and its associated risk factors, and, as an important wider determinant, the workplace.
The three areas addressed barriers and facilitators to behavioural change in different population groups (such as children and young people) and evaluated the scope for different interventions across different settings (such as communities and schools) and using a range of strategies. It also included cross-cutting projects and projects to support the translation of evidence into policy and practice, and to apply learning from projects on our chosen themes of smoking, obesity and the workplace to other important determinants of health.
Through the National Children’s Bureau, a main collaborator in the Consortium, a young person’s public health reference group was established to provide input and advice from young people.