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CAPE launches policy fellowship with Department for Health and Social Care on women’s health

We are pleased to launch our new fellowship with the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) on women’s health taken up by fellow Jane McDermott from the University of Manchester.

The Vision for Women’s Health Strategy for England was published in December 2021 and set out a clear ambition to improve the health and wellbeing of women and girls for the future. The forthcoming strategy is due to be launched in 2022 and includes a focus on research, evidence and data. Jane McDermott’s CAPE Fellowship will involve supporting this theme to inform insight and understanding of the critical issues that impact on women’s health. This will be through a range of mechanisms, including convening and facilitating expert groups, liaison and knowledge brokering activities across a broad range of stakeholders, as well as supporting the prioritisation of research gaps across the wider DHSC and the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) strategic frameworks. 

The insight and knowledge gained through this Fellowship will directly support Jane in her role as Senior Programme Manager for the NIHR Older People and Frailty Policy Research Unit through enabling a more in-depth understanding of the work of DHSC and NIHR and specifically in relation to the most effective methods to support evidence based policy making.

Ahead of starting her CAPE Fellowship, Jane said:

Working with the team within DHSC on the critical issues to support good health, wellbeing and longevity for women living in England is a great honour.  The CAPE Fellowship will offer me an invaluable insight into how best to develop and implement evidence based policy and practice to deliver the greatest impact on the lives of our residents and their communities.

Jane McDermott

Stay tuned for more insights from the fellowship during Jane’s time with CAPE.

If you’re interested in finding out more about this fellowship contact [email protected]