The CLAHRC NWC Household Health Survey (HSS)
The Household Health Survey is intended to support the aims and objectives of three CLAHRC NWC themes (Improving Mental Health, Managing Complex Needs and Public Health). It is one of three dimensions of a research resource that will enable robust evaluation of actions aiming to reduce health inequalities in disadvantaged neighbourhoods. These actions are being designed in collaboration with CLAHRC partners in Local Authorities, NHS and with PPI representatives. In addition, capacity building in relation to the household Survey involves opportunities for our partners and residents of the survey neighbourhoods to obtain training in household survey development and implementation.
The overall aim of the NIHR CLAHRC NWC is to contribute to reducing health inequalities. As part of this endeavour, we are identifying a network of neighbourhoods, which we will call Neighbourhoods for Learning (NfL). This name reflects our interest in promoting the idea of inclusive and cooperative communities grounded in place. They will comprise approximately one disadvantaged ward within each local authority (LA). We will also study linked comparator neighbourhoods as identified by our LA partners. These areas will be characterised by relative social and health disadvantage and will cover populations of approximately 10,000 (ward-centred) to ensure inclusion of one or more key services/institutions, e.g. GP practice, primary school, church, community centre, shops and businesses. CLARHC NWC is working with LA and NHS partners to develop, implement and evaluate innovative approaches to reduce health inequalities and their social determinants in these neighbourhoods.