Bradford Inequalities Research Unit

Background
Bradford City CCG has some of the highest levels of deprivation and ethnic diversity in England, as well as high levels of morbidity and mortality across the lifespan compared to England averages. Bradford City CCG has received an uplift in funding of £8m pa for 5 years (2019-2024) to address these health inequalities. They have established the Reducing Inequalities in City (RIC) programme which will implement multiple interventions across three priority areas:

Introduction to the BIRU

The RIC programme has commissioned the Bradford Inequalities Research Unit (BIRU) to support the design and delivery of the Programme. The BIRU is a collaboration between Born in Bradford (BiB), Bradford City CCG and the University of York. The BIRU has access to large individual level data through Connected Health Cities and the BiB birth cohorts that will enable in-depth evaluation of the health and economic impact of individual interventions across different services and organisations as well as the cumulative effect of multiple interventions.

Objectives of the BIRU

In year 1 (2019/2020) the main objective of the BIRU is to take a data driven approach to inform the planning of the RIC programme, focussing initially on identifying the drivers that underpin health inequalities in City CCG. This will enable RIC to shape their priorities and identify appropriate interventions to address these issues. Further objectives of the BIRU are:

  1. Identifying relevant evidence based interventions
  2. Advising on the design, implementation and evaluation of interventions
  3. Enhancing routine data capture and data sharing
  4. Using innovative methods to model the impact of selected interventions and evaluate the effectiveness of selected interventions (in terms of both health outcomes and cost effectiveness).

Project Team

Leads: Dr Josie Dickerson and Professor Trevor Sheldon

Dr Brian Kelly

Dr Bo Hou

Dr Rachael Moss