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The Health and Social Care Institute produces research with substantial impact on health policy and practice, with 100% of our impact rated ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The REF sub-panel for
Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy commented that our Institute had a 'well-developed and strategic approach to impact that is conducive to delivering future impacts of very considerable reach and significance.'
We work collaboratively with clinical and practice colleagues to narrow the gap between knowledge translation and impact, placing strong reliance on the synthesis of best evidence to drive intervention development and evaluation. The main non-academic audiences benefiting from our research are clinicians and policy makers within the NHS and beyond, commissioners within local authority public health departments and Clinical Commissioning Groups, along with health and well-being policy partners and senior decision-makers. We focus on delivering impact in a variety of ways, including evidence-based solutions to problems identified in practice. Below is a summary of the three impact case studies submitted to REF 2014.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 60% to 90% of school children are affected by tooth decay in industrialised countries. At low levels, fluoride can reduce tooth decay, but high levels can damage developing tooth enamel in young children. Research by
Professor Vida Zohoori
and colleagues has informed the revised WHO guidelines for monitoring community tooth decay prevention programmes and the UK National Fluoridated Milk Advisory Group’s recommendation to increase the amount of fluoride added to school milk. The WHO guidelines are accepted and implemented internationally. The recommendation to increase the amount of fluoride in school milk UK-wide is significant, as it will further control and reduce dental caries, especially in deprived areas with non-fluoridated water supply. In addition, our research has led to better measures of babies’ and children’s actual and ideal fluoride intake, including improved techniques to determine the fluoride content of foods, a protocol for monitoring fluoride intake through urinary excretion, and experimentally-based models to monitor community preventive programmes. The REF 2014 sub-panel remarked that the impact arising from the fluoride research was 'judged to be outstanding in terms of its reach and significance.'
A programme of research conducted by Professors
Alan Batterham and Gerard Danjoux and colleagues resulted in a collection of impacts on healthcare in the NHS summarised in the Table below. The impact arising from this work was rated as ‘very considerable’ in its reach and significance.
A programme of research led by
Dr Nigel Hanchard
and colleagues led to the development and dissemination of the first ever physiotherapy guidelines (2008) for contracted (frozen) shoulder (CFS). CFS is painful and disabling, affects approximately 9% of the UK working-age population, and costs the NHS > £13.5 million annually. Appropriate physiotherapy could improve outcomes and reduce costs by up to £2,000 per case. Endorsed by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), the guidelines have generated great interest, have already influenced practice and will improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of clinical management, as well as patients’ experiences. The research leading to this impact included a rigorous synthesis of the evidence and a questionnaire survey with responses from 300 UK physiotherapists on the diagnosis and management of contracted (frozen) shoulder. The guidelines will provide a better framework for research into frozen shoulder and, as a ‘live’, electronic document, will evolve with future research. The impact of the research was rated as ‘very considerable’ in its reach and significance.
See the UoA 3 (Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy) results on the HEFCE website
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