Maternal and Child Health Network

Awarded £408k for 4 years

Harnessing cross-country administrative data to evaluate national policy impacts on maternal, infant and child health and health inequalities Awarded £408k for 4 years.


MatCHNet aims to lay the groundwork to develop research programmes to evaluate the impact of national policies on adverse child health outcomes. The rationale for the network is that UK national and devolved government have implemented policies on maternal and early years that have largely not been evaluated. There is scope to capitalise on linked, population-level administrative data and variations in policy across the four nations to assess interventions on and determinants of adverse child outcomes.

On 25 September 2019 the UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP) held a kick off meeting with the award holders from the first funding round. Download the slides presented by MatCHNet (PPT, 822KB).

Network membership

The network will develop a community of public health researchers, methodologists, policy makers and service providers, with co-investigators from academia and NHS Health Services Scotland.

Alastair Leyland

Associate Director and Professor of Population Health Statistics

University of Glasgow

Anna Pearce

Wellcome Trust Research Fellow

University of Glasgow

Ruth Gilbert

Professor of Clinical Epidemiology


Katie Harron

Non-Clinical Senior Lecturer


Pia Hardelid

Lecturer, Institute of Child Health Population


Joanne Given

Research Fellow, Institute of Nursing and Health Research

Ulster University

Sinead Brophy

Professor of Public Health Data Science

Swansea University

Rachael Wood

Consultant in Public Health Medicine

NHS National Services Scotland

Richard Cookson

Professor, Centre for Health Economics

University of York