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The National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit at Nuffield Department of Population Health has received renewed funding from the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)’s Policy Research Programme to continue running the Policy Research Unit (PRU) in Maternal and Neonatal Health and Care for the next five years from January 2024.

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The  Policy Research Unit (PRU) will produce high-quality research to improve the care provided by the NHS to women, babies and families during pregnancy, birth and early childhood. It aims to reduce deaths and severe illness, and improve women’s and families’ health and experiences, through working in partnership with parents, policymakers, doctors and midwives.

The PRU comprises a multidisciplinary team of researchers from seven universities led by Professors Fiona Alderdice and Marian Knight in Nuffield Department of Population Health. For each project, the researchers and parent partners will work out the best way to answer research questions posed by policy-makers and share their findings in research summaries and infographics, in addition to academic journals and on social media.

The PRU in Maternal and Neonatal Health and Care is one of 20 that have each received a share of £100 million to tackle important emerging health and social care issues. The PRUs provide both a long-term resource for policy research and a rapid response service to provide evidence for emerging policy needs.

Read the full story on the Nuffield Department of Population Health website

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