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People's health and wellbeing is influenced by a wide range of factors, including housing, employment, education, access to services, support during childhood and poverty. As a result, there can be as much as a 10-year difference in life expectancy for two babies born today in Gateshead, depending on the circumstances into which they're born.

To address this, a deeper understanding of the factors that have an impact on health is essential.

We have been awarded £5 million by the National Institute for Heath and Care Research (NIHR) to establish NIHR Health Determinants Research Collaboration (HDRC) Gateshead. The NIHR HDRC Gateshead is part of the NIHR and hosted by Gateshead Council. It has been established to enable us to become more research-active, embedding a culture of evidence-based decision making within the council. 

We were one of the first 13 local authorities to receive funding as part of a £55 million research investment by the NIHR. The NIHR funds, enables and delivers world-leading health and social care research that improves people's health and wellbeing and promotes economic growth.

A second wave of funding announced in November 2023 means an additional 11 local authorities are expected to become HDRCs on 1 January 2024. A further six HDRCs will then start on 1 January 2025, providing agreed criteria are met during their development year. This will bring the total to 24 live HDRCs as of 1 January 2024, potentially then growing to 30 HDRCs, with an annual recurring investment of £30 million.

Find out more about the strategy and ambitions in the video below.

Residents encouraged to take part in innovative inequalities research

Residents and community organisations are being encouraged to take part in innovative research which aims to improve health and wellbeing across the borough.

Through HDRC Gateshead, residents and community groups will be able to help us identify how best to tackle inequalities through people-led research that will go on to create change in our area.

To find out more about the research and to take part, please email or register your interest using our online form:

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