Foundation 1 - Academic
This is undertaken by environmental health undergraduate and post graduate students in the form of their dissertations and supported by their CIEH accredited academic institutions (this could be in the region of 200 research projects per annum).
This also includes enviromental health academic professionals and those professionals researching environmental health related topics within the academic community.
Foundation 2 - Professional Practice
Includes a wide range of research linked intelligence and evidence based activity undertaken by environmental health professionals and can include reports, evaluations, systematic reviews, detailed reflective work, storytelling, case studies etc. This area of work is supported through the CIEH Research Mentoring Scheme, JEHR and promoted through the work of the Education and Research SIG, Membership Network, Assembly of Representatives and other professional networks.
This includes the development of research competencies and skills through supporting professional development programmes and post graduate opportunities in research.
This also involves using professional intelligence and the systematic review of the wealth of data that already exists to inform the development of professional theory, practice policy as well as the CIEH led products and services across the whole of CIEH operations and networks.
Much of the day to day work that environmental health professionals undertake contributes to supporting healthier and sustainable environments, communities and businesses. Learning from this experience, what works, what doesn’t work and why, challenges for different communities, settings and sectors is all vital information and evidence for professional practice.
The purpose of this ideas bank is to provide an opportunity to share ideas, experience and learning on a range of environmental health led activities, initiatives, larger projects and programmes aimed at addressing the wider determinants of health and wellbeing. The CIEH will not be providing a review or commentary on the information provided. The ideas bank covers the following key themes:
- Healthy workplaces and businesses
- Healthy lifestyles
- Healthy homes
- Healthy environment
- Safe healthy communities
Foundation 3 - Priority / themed research programme
This is a matrix of opportunities including detailed projects, systematic reviews or commissioned research either directly commissioned by the CIEH or in partnership with other research funding organisations. Match funding or other alternative funding will be sought as part of the research programme, including for instance EU funding streams. Seed funding is available for CIEH to either respond to received bids or to promote the receipt of bids in relation to agreed priority areas or themes. Delivery of the commissioned research may be through the developing research cadre within the professional base and/or through the Advisory Services register of consultants as appropriate. The research will need to be available and readily accessible to CIEH members.