The CHAD Annual Report 2017-18 reflects the accomplishments of CHADs small but dedicated team in delivering ‘high quality research to reduce health and social inequalities’.
Funded initially until July 2018 by our partners in Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Staffordshire County Council and Staffordshire University, CHAD has been successful in its bid to become sustainable and will be embedded into the University as a mainstream research centre from this date. This is great news and a real tribute to the strength of the CHAD partnership and all the people who have supported CHAD and collaborated with us over the past two years. Partnership and collaboration will continue to be at the heart of CHAD ways of working and the three strands of CHAD that have been developed to underpin ‘research with impact’ will continue with the support of university staff outside of the core CHAD team. They are high quality research, connecting communities and innovation and applied learning, and this report will share progress against each strand to date.
Some highlights from the past year include the completion of nine projects, two of which will be showcased in this report – ‘Health Professionals’ Views of End of Life Care’, and ‘North Staffordshire Cancer Lifestyle project evaluation’. A further 11 projects are in progress, including six small grants which will be complete by the end of July 2018. 18 funding applications have been made, eight of which were successful, and we are still awaiting the outcome of one further bid. In total CHAD has submitted or partnered over £5 million of bids since 2016 and there are nine funding proposals in development.
CHAD has also developed local, regional, national and international research collaborations and is increasingly recognised for its expertise. The four theme areas of CHAD will continue with a stronger focus on research projects where CHAD has a demonstrable track record from 2018-19.
In November 2017 CHAD held a very successful research symposium which showcased the breadth of health and social inequalities research taking place across the university and through partner organisations. Over 150 people attended and the feedback gave a clear indication that participants would welcome this as an annual event.
CHAD ran its second ‘Big Community Conversation’ during May 2018, which attracted well over 200 participants and was another resounding success. A full report of the event will be available on the website by the end of July 2018.
Download/View the CHAD Annual Report 2016-17 here.