School Health Research Network launched

All-Wales network of schools to target key issues in young people’s health.

School Health Research Network staff Joan Roberts, Gillian Hewitt, Simon Murphy and Cheryl Briscombe, with collaborator Steve Manske

The SHRN team with collaborator Steve Manske

Representatives from schools across Wales attended the launch of a new national network to facilitate school-based health improvement research, in which DECIPHer is a key partner. The School Health Research Network, which currently has 69 member schools, aims to improve health and wellbeing by helping schools in Wales work with researchers, the Welsh Government and other partner organisations, to generate and use good quality evidence about health improvement. Delegates enjoyed a lively and interactive day at Cardiff’s City Hall, where they learnt more about the Network and the resources offered to member schools, got a chance to network with other schools and meet the SHRN team, and gave feedback on the Network’s work so far.

The launch was covered by media including the Cardiff University news centre and BBC Wales. School Health Research Network Manager Joan Roberts tells us more about the launch on the DECIPHer blog, and tweets and photos from the day can be found on #SHRN14.

The Schools Health Research Network is an exciting new initiative funded by the MRC. It brings together policy makers, public health practitioners, teachers, parents, pupils and academics to identify health needs, promote evidence based practice, and identify emerging research questions that are important to schools. This continuous cycle of collaboration offers a real opportunity to target resources in a more cost effective manner and to address some of the key public health challenges of our time such as smoking, alcohol misuse, diet and activity and emotional well-being.

– Professor Simon Murphy