RCPsych in Northern Ireland supports University of Oxford's Centre for Research Equity

Northern Ireland news, Press release
27 June 2024

RCPsych in NI is one of the partners supporting the University of Oxford's Centre for Research Equity (CfRE) which recently launched at Stormont.

The historic partnership featuring a number of stakeholders aims to advance health equity in Northern Ireland and ensure everyone benefits from healthcare advancements.

The first-of-its-kind collaboration aims to improve health outcomes, reduce disparities and ensure the benefits of academic research reflects the needs and experiences across the community.

The partnership with Health and Social Care Research and Development (HSC R&D) Division in Northern Ireland, supported by the Department of Health Northern Ireland alongside key health and social care agencies.

Northern Ireland is the first UK region to partner with CfRE with the project aiming to bring together patient advocates, healthcare professionals and academics.

Northern Ireland Health Minister Mike Nesbitt said:

“This new partnership between our Health and Social Care Research and Development Division and Oxford University represents a significant step forward in efforts to address health inequalities in Northern Ireland.

“By bringing together leading experts and resources from across sectors, we can work towards conducting research that truly benefits all of our communities.”

Professor Richard Hobbs, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Oxford said:

“This is not a one-time initiative, but rather a long-term commitment to advancing research equity and improving health outcomes in Northern Ireland and beyond.

“By building a strong foundation of collaboration and community engagement, we aim to create lasting change.”

Dr Julie Anderson, chair of RCPsych NI, said:

“We’re glad to be supporting this unique and much-needed partnership. This type of collaboration working has the potential to transform our patients lives for the better and improve health outcomes for many people across Northern Ireland.”

The CfRE-Northern Ireland Partnership is the first of multiple ‘hubs’ the CfRE is hoping to set up across the devolved nations and England. By working together to prioritise equity and community engagement, the partners aim to build a healthier, more inclusive future for all.

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