We held our first training day for all staff, providing an opportunity for cross-unit working and exploring new ways of considering our research areas.
The day consisted of talks from three of unit’s investigators alongside detailed discussions and project planning sessions.
The day began with Mike Kelly introducing sociological concepts and working through a set of assumptions
or ‘6 common errors’ on the topic of ‘why changing health-related behaviour in people experiencing social or economic disadvantage is so difficult.’
We also explored the concept of Dark Logic Models following training from Chris Bonell, which enabled the researchers to review their projects and consider creating dark logic models for their work.
The final talk of the day focussed on the concept of place-based inequalities in a framework of widening health inequalities and the importance of external factors on health outcomes. The team benefited from Clare Bambra’s knowledge and work on health inequalities, considering how our research can support this area of critical importance.
We ended the day with the whole team sharing their learning and reflections from the day, following a session on setting future strategies for the unit.
Professor Clare Bambra.