Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs)

NIHR Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care bring together a collaboration of the local providers of NHS services and NHS commissioners, universities, other relevant local organisations and the relevant Academic Health Science Network.

CLAHRCs conduct applied health research across the NHS, and translate research findings into improved outcomes for patients. The 13 NIHR CLAHRCs primarily focus on research targeted at chronic disease and public health interventions.

The aims of the NIHR CLAHRCs are to:

  • Develop and conduct applied health research relevant across the NHS, and to translate research findings into improved outcomes for patients
  • Create a distributed model for the conduct and application of applied health research that links those who conduct applied health research with all those who use it in practice across the health community
  • Create and embed approaches to research and its dissemination that are specifically designed to take account of the way that health care is delivered across the local AHSN
  • Increase the country’s capacity to conduct high quality applied health research focused on the needs of patients, and particularly research targeted at chronic disease and public health interventions
  • Improve patient outcomes locally and across the wider NHS
  • Contribute to the country’s growth by working with the life sciences industry.

£124 million has been allocated to 13 new Collaborations for a five-year period from 1 January 2014. These Collaborations all demonstrated a substantial portfolio of world-class applied health research, particularly in research targeted at chronic disease and public health interventions, and significant track records in translating research findings into improved outcomes for patients.

Details of the NIHR Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health and Care

Name

Name including host organisation

Research themes

Funding for five years from
1 January 2014

NIHR CLAHRC East of England

NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care East at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

Dementia, frailty and end of life care, Enduring disabilities and disadvantage, Patient safety, Patient and public involvement. Research methodology themes: Health economics

£9,972,282

NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands

NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care East Midlands at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Preventing chronic disease, Managing chronic disease, Caring for older people and stroke survivors, Enhancing mental health, Implementing evidence and improvement

£9,998,421

NIHR CLAHRC Greater Manchester

NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Greater Manchester at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

Patient-centred care, community services and primary care

£9,998,769

NIHR CLAHRC North Thames

NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care North Thames at Barts Health NHS Trust

Innovations in models and systems for health (‘Models’), Methodological innovation (‘Methods’), Optimising behaviour and engagement with Care (‘Optimising Behaviour’), Empowering mental health service users and families (‘Mental Health’), Child and adolescent health

£8,999,777

NIHR CLAHRC North West Coast

NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care North West Coast at NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group

Improving public health and reducing health inequalities, Improving mental health, Managing complex needs arising from long term conditions, Delivering personalised health care. Evidence synthesis and implementation, Public and stakeholder management, Knowledge exchange and implementation.

£9,000,000

NIHR CLAHRC Northwest London

NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Northwest London at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Early years, Frailty, Breathlessness, Improvement science and quality improvement, Public and patient engagement, Mental and physical wellbeing, Public health and information, Intelligence, collaborative learning and partnerships

£10,000,000

NIHR CLAHRC Oxford

NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Oxford at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

Early intervention and service innovation,  Health behaviours and behavioural interventions

£9,000,000

NIHR CLAHRC South London

NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care South London at King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Alcohol, Diabetes, Infection, 

Palliative and End of life care, Psychosis public Health, Stroke, Women’s health, Patient and public involvement

£9,000,000

NIHR CLAHRC South West Peninsula

NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care South West Peninsula at Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

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

£10,000,000

NIHR CLAHRC Wessex

NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Wessex at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Achieving sustainable patient health improvements in respiratory health through integrated care, Ageing and dementia: improving routine clinical care, Delivering high quality fundamental care in hospital, Public health and primary care: targeting antibiotic use and preventing chronic liver disease, Patient engagement with self-directed support for long term conditions, Minimally disruptive healthcare, patient experience, and organisational behaviour

£8,997,942

NIHR CLAHRC West

NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care West at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

Delivering equitable, appropriate and sustainable health and healthcare; Improving the management of chronic diseases (e.g. dementia, musculoskeletal, vision, kidney, pain, depression, Parkinson’s, and avoiding hospital admissions); Public health interventions (e.g. reducing child injury and infections, improving sexual health, supporting healthy neighbourhoods, improving services for self-harm and addictions, and innovation in vaccines) and mental health. Research methodology themes: Evidence synthesis; Effectiveness and evaluation; Efficiency; Ethnography; Epidemiology

£8,970,965

NIHR CLAHRC West Midlands

NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care West Midlands at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Maternity and child health, Prevention and early intervention in youth mental health, Prevention and detection, Chronic diseases (integrated and holistic care, Implementation and Organisational Studies (IOS), Research methods

£9,996,824

NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber

NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Yorkshire and Humber at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Evidence Based Transformation with the NHS (EBT), Translating Knowledge into Action (TK2A), Health Economics and Outcomes Measurement (HEOM), Telehealth and Care Technologies (TaCT), Public Health and Inequalities (PHI), Healthy Children, Healthy Families (HCHF), Primary Care-Based Management of Frailty in Older People, Avoiding Attendance and Admission in long term conditions (AAA), Mental Health and Co-Morbidities (MHCM)

£10,000,000

Further Information

In any next competition for NIHR Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care we do not expect to shortlist any NHS/University partnership where the academic partner, for example, the Medical School/Faculty of Medicine, has not achieved at least the Silver Award of the Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science.


NIHR briefing document