NIHR PHR Local Authority Research System (LARS)

Aim: To explore the potential for, and what would be needed to develop, a LARS model for Bradford

This scoping project will explore the potential for, and what would be needed to develop, a local authority research system (LARS) model for Bradford District.  Much of the burden of chronic conditions and widening inequalities in health and wellbeing is determined by social, environmental and economic factors. Local government can play a key role in improving these wider determinants of health and wellbeing, by influencing areas such as education, housing, transport and air quality, but needs to be involved in generating research evidence, as well as choosing and using it. To do this it needs to create a culture of evidence and the research infrastructure to support evidence-informed decision making. Bradford Metropolitan District Council (BMDC) would be a good test-bed for exploring the development of a LARS. It is a forward thinking local authority which has actively engaged with local health research projects and is very receptive to using and generating prevention and population health research to support ambitious whole systems change for the city.

For further information please contact Dr Kayley Ciesla: Kayley.Ciesla@bthft.nhs.uk