South West Peninsula

PenCLAHRC is the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South West Peninsula. They are a partnership of NHS Trusts across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, plus the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth. The programme's five year grant from the NIHR is matched by an equal amount of funding, which is provided in kind by University partners, the South West Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) and other NHS bodies and charities.

The partnership aims to increase the volume and quality of patient-focused research in the South West, improve health outcomes by more effective use of evidence to drive health services and to increase capacity within the health economy to use and generate evidence. 

PenCLAHRC focuses on five research themes:

  • Person-centred care 
  • Mental health and dementia
  • Diagnostics and stratified medicine
  • Healthy people, healthy environments
  • Evidence for policy and practice

The model of partnership working across the whole research and practice continuum aims to address both the much discussed research-into-practice gap and the equally important practice-into-research gap.