Established in 2017 and based in Bangor University’s School of Health Sciences, the PHCU provides a flexible and efficient resource for rapid assessment, evaluation and policy and service development support to the WHO Collaborating Centre and, through the Centre, Public Health Wales and the wider NHS. The unique public health service and academic collaboration provided by the PHCU creates greater opportunities for developing knowledge, evaluating practice, informing policy and building public health capacity and collaborations within Wales and internationally. The PHCU supports the WHO Collaborating Centre’s international work on violence prevention and adverse childhood experiences and provides academic support for the Early Action Together programme. It also develops work on novel public health issues and approaches, including gambling, climate change, physical activity at work and the impact of new technologies on parental-child relationships. For further information, contact Karen Hughes at Karen.Hughes18@wales.nhs.uk.
Our work Lead: Karen Hughes
What we do:
The PHCU provides a flexible and efficient resource for rapid assessment, evaluation and policy and service development support to the WHO Collaborating Centre and, through the Centre, Public Health Wales and the wider NHS.
What have we done:
Recent work has included implementing national public health surveys; evaluating a national workplace physical activity initiative; measuring the prevalence of ACEs in an offender population; evaluating the development of ACE-informed practice in criminal justice settings; and supporting work on climate change and public health.
Current work includes: estimating the health and financial burden of ACEs in European countries; supporting population surveys on health and well-being during COVID-19 and ACEs; and undertaking systematic reviews on issues including ACEs and unemployment and links between communicable and non-communicable diseases.