In 2008, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) created Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs). They have a specific aim: to bridge the gap between the world class research conducted by academics and its implementation on the NHS frontline, where it can impact on patient lives and the quality of service provided to them. 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.
CLAHRCs bring together local NHS providers and commissioners with academics, other relevant local organisations, industry partners and health research infrastructures together with our local Academic Health Science Network (AHSN). The CLAHRCs we lead 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, the outcome being an improvement in both the health and wealth of our population.
All CLAHRCs conduct world-class applied health research across the NHS and then translate research findings into improved outcomes for patients. We focus on research targeted at chronic disease and public health interventions. The 13 CLAHRCs in England work together as a college ensuring that we share our learning across the country and work in a cohesive and collaborative way. We know that our success will be judged by the impacts we have not only on patient outcomes but on practice.
We are well aware that there are a number of pressures on the NHS, including:
- People living longer, often with long-term conditions and multiple co-morbidities
- Greater financial pressures
- Health inequalities.
We also understand that this is an era of enormous technological change evidenced by the Information and Communications Technology revolution going on around us. All of us at CLAHRCs want to focus our research to address those challenges and, wherever possible, provide solutions to the issues of our age whilst taking advantage of this era of change. We know that our success will be judged by the impacts we have not only on patient outcomes but on practice and policy changes locally and nationally.
This brochure introduces you to the highlights of our CLAHRC programme to date. It details successful examples of our work and the impact it has had and will continue to have. Combined, we are saving the NHS millions and are helping to save and improve the lives of patients across England and further afield.
We would like to thank all of the CLAHRCs for sharing their hard work and the staff who supported the development of this brochure.
We would particularly like to thank CLAHRC East Midlands who led the development of this brochure and Professor Kamlesh Khunti and Dr Kevin Quigley who coordinated the work.
All of us at the NIHR CLAHRCs are looking forward to continuing our work with the aim of reducing the gap between research and practice, and significantly improving patient access and outcomes.