New fellowship available to coordinate the ‘Mobilising Cultural and Natural Assets to Combat Health Inequalities’ programme.

The aim of this opportunity is to appoint a programme fellow, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), on the ‘Mobilizing Cultural and Natural Assets to Combat Health Inequalities’ programme. They will play a coordinating role across the various research investments under the wider programme.

The fellowship, which will be hosted at the National Centre for Creative Health (NCCH), will be appointed through an open competition, with the grant awarded by AHRC to the individual via their research organisation.

The NCCH is working in partnership with NHS England and NHS Improvement on a creative health partnership programme. It aims to support and capture learning of creative health approaches in four integrated care systems and subsequent opportunities for spread and scale regionally and nationally.

One of the key roles of the programme fellow will be to ensure that the invaluable knowledge held by NCCH is made available to the individual award holders and networks under the wider ‘Mobilizing Cultural and Natural Assets to Combat Health Inequalities’ programme. This is in order to help fulfil the aims of the opportunity:

  • Coordination across different projects under the wider ‘Mobilizing Cultural and Natural Assets to Combat Health Inequalities’ programme
  • Mobilising the impact of pilot research programmes
  • Translating academic research to policy and NHS systems
  • Promoting the present programme’s legacy

The successful applicant will demonstrate:

Thorough knowledge of current research on:

  • How health inequalities are developed and sustained
  • How access to cultural, environmental and other community assets improve health outcomes
  • The kinds of local partnerships and mechanisms needed to mobilise these assets in order to do so
  • A thorough grasp of the role of the arts and humanities in addressing these challenges
  • Excellent leadership skills, as an individual in coordinating a team
  • Experience of communication and engagement with diverse research communities and stakeholders.

Applicants must be resident in the UK and be hosted by an eligible research organisation (higher education institution or recognised independent research organisation).

Applicants can apply for up to £300,000 at 100% full economic cost, of which AHRC will contribute 80%. Funding is available for up to 18 months.

The expected start date for the project funded under this announcement is 8 November 2021.

The call will open to applications on 13 July 2021. Applications must be submitted online by the deadline of 17 August 2021 (4PM U.K time).

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