Public health

In funding public health research, our aim is to improve understanding of the relationship between people’s mental and physical health and their social and economic outcomes. Through our Oliver Bird Fund, we aim to improve the lives of people living with musculoskeletal conditions.

Our public health research explores the social and economic implications of physical disability, mental ill health and chronic illness. For example, the relationship between people’s health and their income, quality of life, and family circumstances.

We also want to understand more about health inequalities; for example, the impacts of ethnicity, socioeconomic status or geography, and what policy options might address them.

We have a dedicated fund for research into musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions – the Oliver Bird Fund. MSK conditions affect the joints, bones and muscles including arthritis, back and neck pain, as well as rare autoimmune diseases. Together, these conditions affect 17.8 million people in the UK and are the single biggest cause of pain and disability.

 

Our team


  • Alex Beer
    Senior Consultant, Welfare
  • Programme Head, Welfare

  • Mark-Franks-Nuffield-Foundation-Together-alone-connecting-individual-and-collective-well-being-through-our-work-in-welfare
    Director, Welfare

Our impact in public health


Public health projects

Medical-professional-massages-patient-knee-Understanding-joint-replacement-surgery-decision-making-for-older-patients-PROJ
In progress

Welfare | 2020 – 2023

Supporting older patients to make informed decisions about knee surgery

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Older-man-reads-textbook-Assembling-data-jigsaw-Greater-Manchester-PROJ
In progress

Welfare | 2020 – 2024

Assembling the data jigsaw: powering robust population research in MSK disease

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Woman-medical-professional-treats-patient-impact-MSK-conditions-outcomes-other-illnesses-PROJ
In progress

Welfare | 2020 – 2022

The impact of musculoskeletal conditions on outcomes of other illnesses

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Female-nurse-sees-patient-in-office-Integrating-enriched-longitudinal-data-North-Staffordshire-Stoke-on-Trent-PROJ
In progress

Welfare | 2020 – 2025

Enriched data integration for population musculoskeletal health intelligence

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Older-man-and-woman-walk-together-Geographical-mapping-prevalence-outcomes-MSK-conditions-Wales-Scotland-PROJ
In progress

Welfare | 2020 – 2022

Mapping rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease in Scotland and Wales

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Welfare | 2020 – 2022

Vulnerability, migration and well-being: experiences, perceptions and barriers

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Welfare | 2020 – 2021

How the COVID-19 crisis is affecting food security

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New

Welfare | 2020 – 2022

COVID-19 social study

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Man-massages-own-hand-Longitudinal-evidence-how-arthritis-affects-earnings-PROJ
In progress

Welfare | 2020 – 2022

How arthritis affects earnings over time

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In progress

Welfare | 2019 – 2022

The effect of Community Mental Health Services in England

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In progress

Welfare | 2015 – 2021

Food Foundation: Finding solutions to social, health and nutritional problems in the UK

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Reported

Welfare | 2014 – 2015

Assessing the potential of the Well Centre ‘Teen Health Check’ data

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We aim to improve people’s lives by funding research that informs social policy, primarily in Education, Welfare and Justice. We also fund student programmes that give young people skills and confidence in science and research.

We are an open, collaborative and engaged funder that offers more than money. Through connecting the individual projects we fund, we strengthen their collective impact and give voice to an overarching narrative.

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COVID-19 response

Nuffield-funded social scientists are conducting COVID-19 research in real-time, to capture people’s experiences of the social, cultural and economic impacts of the pandemic.