East of England

NIHR CLAHRC East of England is a collaboration of academics, clinicians and managers who undertake high quality applied health research focused on the needs of patients and service users, supporting the translation of research evidence into practice in the NHS and social care.

The organisation began operating on 1st January 2014, growing out of its predecessor (CLAHRC for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough), it now extends the collaboration throughout the East of England, harnessing the strengths of the Universities of Cambridge, East Anglia, and Hertfordshire.

NIHR CLAHRC East of England focuses its research efforts on the needs of people with complex problems, often vulnerable when multiple agencies are involved in their care: young people, frail older people, those with dementia, learning disabilities, acquired brain injuries or mental ill health. The research themes are:

  • Dementia, frailty and end-of-life care
  • Enduring disabilities and disadvantage
  • Patient safety
  • Health economics 
  • Patient and public involvement research
  • Innovation and evaluation of population health interventions

The CLAHRC collaboration encompasses some thirty-six organisations, with research hubs in the Universities of Cambridge, Hertfordshire and East Anglia working closely with individuals and organisations involved in the whole care pathway. Service users and carers are at the heart of what we do, in parallel with an ambitious public health programme. Co-production and collaboration at all stages of the research process are fundamental to making a positive impact through applied health research.