CLAHRC Oxford: Capacity building in the Thames Valley

OxfordGeneric Health Relevance
Published Date: 18 Apr 2019

CLAHRC Oxford see’s capacity building as an integral part of its day-to-day running, embedded throughout its research themes.

We have supported 18 Academic Clinical Fellowships (clinical specialty training posts that incorporate academic training) spread across our six themes, and 18 DPhil/PhD students. Many of whom came from clinical backgrounds and were working to address problems within their specialities (for example, our Self-managing higher blood pressure after childbirth (SNAP-HT) project was run by a DPhil student and Specialty Trainee in Obstetrics and Gynaecology).

Our implementation work, developing an online training platform and tools, has also led to more 300 NHS physiotherapists across England now being trained in the evidence-based, cost-saving and NICE recommended ‘Back Skills’ programme for treating low back pain in the NHS.

CLAHRC Oxford not only focusses on the clinical and academic aspects of capacity building , but also by building the capacity for Patient and Public Involvement in the region. Considerable effort has been made in bringing researchers and patients/the public together in training to improve PPI. A whole section of our website is dedicated to materials for researchers to improve their PPI, and we continue to invest in PPI training with our partners, for example our ‘research cycle’ workshops running throughout 2019.

CLAHRC Oxford also worked early on with our clinical and academic partners to identify un-met needs.

This highlighted that many moving through a healthcare career path find themselves in demanding leadership positions, managing multidisciplinary healthcare teams, with little leadership training. CLAHRC Oxford recognised this gap in support and knowledge led to the development the successful ‘High Impact leadership Skills for Healthcare’ programme, run in collaboration with Oxford University’s Saïd Business School.

CLAHRC Oxford also supports three regional ‘clinical networks’ (Anxiety and Depression, Dementia, and Respiratory) in partnership with Oxford AHSN. These networks identify and tackle unwarranted variation in patient outcomes, spread best practice and raise the standard of care by encouraging and facilitating adoption of new clinical interventions, and train the clinical leaders of tomorrow.