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What is a Policy Research Unit?

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Published on Wednesday, 16 January 2019

The aim of any policy research unit is to provide research evidence to inform government policy decisions about how best to deliver health and social care. The aim of this unit – the PRU-MNHC - is to inform policies around the health and care of women, before, during and after pregnancy, as well as the health and care of their newborn babies. Because our title - the Policy Research Unit in Maternal and Neonatal Health and Care – is so long, we usually shorten it to the acronym PRU-MNHC.

The unit is led by the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (NPEU) at the University of Oxford, in collaboration with researchers from the Universities of Birmingham, Leicester, Manchester and Cardiff, as well as Imperial College and University College, London. NPEU is funded to do this until 2024 by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Updated: Wednesday, 16 January 2019 11:45 (v1)