About us

The Research Centre for Health (ReaCH) has a role in delivering the University's strategy for research and building on the work of the Centre for Living and the Institute for Applied Health Research. The centre brings together research expertise largely drawn from the allied health sciences, social sciences, nursing, epidemiology and population health, and the life science discipline/academic base in the School of Health and Life Sciences. Along with the co-hosted and Chief Scientist Office-funded Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit (NMAHP-RU) and our strategic partnerships with Public Health Scotland and NHS Lanarkshire, the centre organises its research around two themes in (i) public health and (ii) long term conditions. The centre also provides excellent opportunities for close collaboration with health economists and health services researchers in the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health, and social work and social policy colleagues in Glasgow School for Business and Society as well as in the School of Health and Life Sciences.

Objectives

The Research Centre for Health (ReaCH) aims to:

a) Consolidate and grow our world-leading thematic programmes in public health and long term conditions research, targeting high-quality external funding in support of actions and activities that are relevant, informed by need, and have international reach and significance.

b) Provide world-class infrastructure necessary to develop and deliver impactful research focused on transforming the lived experience of individuals and communities and, through that, their health and wellbeing.

c) Work in partnership to develop an exemplar model of PPI and community engagement with research, grounded in best evidence, which can create pathways of impact locally, nationally and globally.

d) Promote the knowledge triangle of ‘Research-Education-Innovation’ to inform the education of the public and future health and social care practitioners to significantly extend capacity and capability in the current and future health and wellbeing workforce.

e) Harness our world class research and the intellectual capacity of our staff and students to consider problems led and/or informed by citizens or communities to address major health and social challenges, creating local solutions to global problems.

f) Widen access to facilities and expertise to all who can benefit (for example through new strategic partnerships such as NHS Lanarkshire, Glasgow Biomedicine and clinical/outreach services such as the Caledonian Clinic and Hampden Park Sports clinic).

g) Create the environment, physical facilities and use of technology that encourages integration and partnership working between University staff and students and the diverse communities we serve, embedding the university and its resources within the community.

h) Create a new platform to kick-start stronger links and collaboration with industry.

Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were issued by United Nations in 2015 and are a set of 17 global goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda.

The centre aims to contribute to goal three – good health and wellbeing – which aims to ‘ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages’. Goal three has two major sub-themes that align directly to research in long term conditions (UN sub-theme ‘non-communicable diseases and mental health’) and public health (UN sub-theme ‘infectious diseases’).

As part of its strategic plans the centre increasingly targets global funding calls from UK and wider sources and therefore potentially contributes to the third UN sub-theme in ‘health systems and funding’. Finally, by extending the interdisciplinary base, inter-sector partnerships and international collaborations, the centre is well placed to contribute to a wider range of SDGs including poverty, reduced inequalities and sustainable cities and communities.

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