The National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care West (NIHR CLAHRC West) works with partner organisations to conduct applied health research and implement research evidence, to improve health and healthcare across the West.

They undertake applied health research projects, in collaboration with partners across our region and nationally. The research we do must have a real world application and fall into one of our broad thematic areas of ‘improving the management of chronic health conditions’ and ‘public health interventions and population health’.

Their ethos is to focus on research and implementation that is:

  • equitable and fair
  • appropriate: providing optimum advice or care, at the right time and place for prevention or care
  • sustainable: taking account of resource-use and future continuation

CLAHRC West brings together universities, local authorities, NHS hospital trusts, clinical commissioning groups, patients and members of the public, and third sector organisations to focus on research to improve health and healthcare for local people.

The research done in CLAHRC West specialises in four key areas:

  • Chronic health conditions
  • Equity appropriateness and sustainability
  • Mental health
  • Public and population health

They also carry out world-class applied health research in three cross-cutting themes: Patient and public involvement, evaluation, and training and capacity building.