The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Safe Sociable London Partnership and Southwark Public Health are conducting a research study to explore the range of influences on public health practitioners’ contributions to alcohol licensing processes in local authorities across London. As public health has an increasing role to play in shaping local alcohol environments, we are interested in finding out more about how public health practitioners approach alcohol licensing work, to identify how to strengthen public health contributions to licensing processes. The study is funded by the NIHR School for Public Health Research, and the study team includes researchers from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Safe Sociable London Partnership, and Southwark Public Health.

We are already working with several local authorities, but want to include as many London local authorities as possible in the study.

We want to explore a wide range of experiences and approaches undertaken by public health practitioners in relation to alcohol licensing work, and to understand how this fits within the broader structures, relationships and context of each local authority. We are also exploring the experiences of practitioners who have been using the Public Health Alcohol Licensing Guidance Tool developed by Safe Sociable London Partnership. Some of you will already have spoken to Joanna Reynolds, from LSHTM, about participating in the study.

Getting involved.