Liverpool Health Inequalities Research Institute

About our research

The Liverpool Health Inequalities Research Institute (LivHIR) is a collaboration between the University and Liverpool PCT with a focus on reducing health inequalities in the Liverpool city region.

Together with its clinical partners, the University is committed to improving the wellbeing of Liverpool people and has established, in partnership with Liverpool PCT a research institute, dedicated to the study of health and wellbeing.

The founding of LivHIR is funded by Liverpool PCT and aims to provide leadership and excellence in public health research with a particular focus on health inequalities in the Liverpool city region.

The burden of ill health in the area means Liverpool residents have the lowest life expectancy in England and live four years less than the national average. Mortality rates for all cancers are 40% higher than in England and Wales and the mortality rate for lung cancer is 90% higher than the national average.

Dr Jane Cloke, the Institute’s Research Programme Manager, said: “The creation of the institute is timely as 2010 is the Year of Health and Wellbeing in Liverpool. We’ll be exploring what can be done to achieve greater aspiration and commitment to improving health and wellbeing among local people, communities, the public sector, businesses and the wider economy.”

Research, conducted as part of the partnership, will consolidate evidence on the most effective interventions Liverpool PCT can make to address the disparities in health across the region. Research will focus on inequalities in health status, and the provision and quality of care in areas such as obesity, alcohol abuse, tobacco control, sexual health and workplace health. When available, study reports will be made available through this website.

LivHIR has been created as a result of the ‘Health is Wealth’ initiative, led by the University, which was backed by local authorities, PCTs, the NHS, as well as economic and business interests, to tackle health challenges and inequalities that cost the country £2billion annually.