The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs), are delighted to be part of the NIHR’s tenth anniversary celebrations. The NIHR’s mission is: “To provide a health research system in which the NHS supports outstanding individuals working in world-class facilities, conducting leading-edge research focused on the needs of patients and the public”. The NIHR CLAHRCs are proud to contribute to this mission through our research and research capacity building within the NHS.
In 2008, the NIHR agreed to fund 9 CLAHRCs across England with a specific aim: to develop and conduct applied health research relevant across the NHS, and to translate research findings into improved outcomes for patients. Each individual CLAHRC does this by creating linkages and partnerships between the applied health researchers who conduct the research, and those who use the research in the community. The implementation of world-class research in the NHS and the community, will have an impact on patients’ lives and the quality of health and care services provided to the population. In 2013, following the success of the pilot CLAHRCs, it was decided to fund a second wave of 13 CLAHRCs for a five-year period commencing 1 January 2014. These 13 CLAHRCs work together as a college ensuring that we share our learning across the country, working in a cohesive and collaborative way.
CLAHRCs bring their academics together with NHS providers and commissioners, local health and social care organisations, industry and third sector partners, health research infrastructures, and local Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs). The CLAHRCs undertake high-quality applied research and evidence-based implementations that are responsive to, and in partnership with, our collaborating organisations, patients, carers and the public. All of the CLAHRCs conduct applied health research that is focused on chronic disease and public health interventions.
The projects described here introduce you to some of the highlights of the CLAHRC research programme. These projects have been selected for their excellence and their current and likely future impact. The selection includes examples of CLAHRCs working individually with their local partners, as well as examples of cross-CLAHRC collaboration. A recent review showed that CLAHRCs have collaborated on 71 projects/major pieces of work. We anticipate that these collaborations will grow exponentially in the future, building upon successful research production and implementation across the country. NIHR CLAHRC research is saving the NHS millions and helping to save and improve the lives of patients, carers and the public across England and further afield.
We would like to thank all of the CLAHRCs for sharing their work, and the staff who supported the development of this brochure. We would particularly like to thank Professor Kamlesh Khunti, Dr Kevin Quigley and Michael Bonar of CLAHRC East Midlands for co-ordinating, development and production of this work; Professor Richard Hobbs of CLAHRC Oxford and Professor Ruth Boaden of CLAHRC Greater Manchester for helping review the projects.
All of us at the NIHR CLAHRCs are looking forward to continuing our work and significantly improving patient access and outcomes.