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ARC North Thames

ARC North Thames is one of five designations within UCLPartners that work together to harness research and innovation for better patient care and a healthier population.

National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs) conduct world class applied health research which will have a direct impact on the health of patients with long term conditions and on the health of the public.

ARCs are collaborations between universities, the NHS (local service providers and commissioners), local authorities, industry, patients and the public, the local Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) and other relevant organisations in the region.

By working together, ARCs can deliver nationally relevant research that responds directly to the needs and priorities of their region, and increase the speed at which research evidence is put into practice, locally and nationally.

NIHR awarded funding to 13 ARCs across England in January 2014 for five years.

NIHR ARC North Thames covers the geographical area of north central and north east London, south and west Hertfordshire, south Bedfordshire and south west and mid-Essex.

ARC North Thames has over 50 partners including universities, NHS trusts, local authorities and the Greater London Authority (GLA), clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), UCLPartners, industry, and organisations representing patients and the public.

The applied health research undertaken with partners and in response to their needs is grouped into five broad themes:

• Child and adolescent health
• Empowering mental health service users and families
• Innovations in systems and models of health and health care
• Methodological innovation
• Optimising behaviour and engagement with care

Individual projects in these areas are designed with the close involvement of clinicians, patients and the public, and academics from across our region. In addition to conducting ground-breaking research, the ARC has an important role in training the next generation of healthcare workers and applied health researchers, via the ARC Academy.

Find our more about ARC North Thames.