Our Purpose
The overall purpose of the CLAHRC Inequalities theme is promote evidence-based health policy and practice (at community, primary care and secondary care levels) that explicitly address inequalities in the prevalence and treatment of long-term health conditions and thereby to improve health outcomes for the disadvantaged populations in South Yorkshire.

To work towards achieving this we have implemented various projects and initiatives including:
  • Building the capacity of staff and systems to generate, mobilise and apply evidence in practice e.g. through staff training and development initiatives, development of information systems and by developing networks

  • Maximising the use and impact of current understanding of how to address inequalities e.g. through dissemination of evidence, sharing good practice, knowledge transfer projects and expanding existing data and evidence on particular issues of importance to local partners

  • Identifying, implementing and evaluating a number of 'exemplar' projects and interventions on an ongoing basis that will have a measurable impact on health outcomes in South Yorkshire populations and communities who currently experience poorer outcomes

  • Engendering the engagement and commitment of the wider SY-CLAHRC programme to the health inequalities agenda e.g. by producing tools such as briefing papers, pro-formas to consider the impact of other research and implementation themes on health inequalities. This has taken the form of workshops and the dissemination of 'influential and persuasive' evidence

The principles underpinning the work of the CLAHRC Inequalities theme are Partnership, Collaboration and Inclusivity are illustrated through:

  • Identifying areas of work through consensus which reflect the public health priorities of NHS and academic partners

  • Sharing expertise and skills in focused areas of activity, which allow people and organisations to play to their strengths

  • Co-production of outputs from projects and work streams. Working across organisations and geographical boundaries within South Yorkshire CLAHRC

  • Developing joint networks

  • Being inclusive e.g. looking for opportunities to involve frontline staff, commissioners, service users or members of the public in programmes and priority setting