The 13 Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs) are funded by the National Institute for Health Research and undertake high-quality applied health research focused on the needs of patients and support the translation of research evidence into practice with the wider NHS and Public Health.
CLAHRCs are collaborative regional partnerships between universities and NHS organisations, focused on improving patient outcomes through the conduct and application of applied health research. They create and embed approaches to research and its dissemination that are specifically designed to take account of the way that health care is increasingly delivered across sectors and a wide geographical area.
The aims of the NIHR CLAHRCs are to:
- Develop and conduct applied health research relevant across the NHS, and to translate research findings into improved outcomes for patients
- Create a distributed model for the conduct and application of applied health research that links those who conduct applied health research with all those who use it in practice across the health community
- Create and embed approaches to research and its dissemination that are specifically designed to take account of the way that health care is delivered across the local AHSN
- Increase the country’s capacity to conduct high quality applied health research focused on the needs of patients, and particularly research targeted at chronic disease and public health interventions
- Improve patient outcomes locally and across the wider NHS
- Contribute to the country’s growth by working with the life sciences industry.
The nine CLAHRC pilots were established in October 2008, and have completed their five years of funding.
There are now 13 CLAHRCs around the UK: