The Institute of Health and Wellbeing conducts its activity through five centres, which often collaborate and overlap due to the interdisciplinary nature of our work. We also have two cross cutting themes, which should be evident in all of the work we do.
Ensuring and enabling Patient and Public Involvement
We believe that patients, carers, service users and the public should have a role in shaping the services and support they access in order to improve their lives. The Institute of Health and Wellbeing commits to ensuring and enabling Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) consistently through our work, facilitating representation in a fair, transparent and collaborative manner. IoHW will seek to go beyond consultation, instead collaborating with citizen leaders throughout the research process, in developing education, innovation and enterprise solutions, and in disseminating good practice wherever it is found.
For more information on how to get involved in our work as a patient or public representative, please see our Involvement page.
Reducing Health Inequality
The Health Profile of Northamptonshire (2013) illustrates that inequities in health and wellbeing are as evident in relation to local populations as they are between the most advantaged and disadvantaged countries in the world:
- More than 23,000 children live in poverty in Northamptonshire;
- Life expectancy is 9.4 years lower for men and 5.8 years lower for women in the most deprived areas when compared to the least deprived areas of Northamptonshire;
- Over the past decade, all cause mortality rates have fallen;
- Early death rates from cancer, heart disease and stroke have fallen;
- The percentage of children classified as obese (17.6%) is better than the national average;
- Levels of teenage pregnancy, GCSE attainment and smoking in pregnancy are worse in Northamptonshire in comparison to the national average;
- The rate of road injuries and deaths in Northamptonshire is worse than the national average.
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