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Our designations

Our academic health science partnership is underpinned by six research and innovation designations, commissioned by government and national bodies.

Harnessing the combined strength of these designations enables us to influence nationally and provide more opportunities for our population to benefit from the world-class research and innovation carried out in our partnership.

Some designations are delivered by staff directly employed by UCLPartners; others are delivered by staff employed by partner organisations. The success of UCLPartners is intertwined with the success of our partners, so we work closely as one system.

Our academic health science partnership carries out the following functions:

Translating health and care research into practice

Our Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC) connects eight world-class universities and NHS trusts. AHSCs are designated by NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE/I) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) for demonstrating excellence in health research, health education and patient care. By aligning objectives and resources across organisations, our AHSC accelerates the translation of discoveries in areas of unmet need.

Transforming lives through healthcare innovation

UCLPartners is designated as one of 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) across England, commissioned by NHSE/I and the Office for Life Sciences to spread innovation at pace and scale. Our AHSN activities are delivered across parts of London, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Essex , driving the adoption and spread of innovative ideas and technologies across a diverse population of more than six million people.

Developing world-leading applied health research

NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) North Thames supports applied health and care research that responds to the needs of local populations and local health and care systems. Hosted by Barts Health NHS Trust, the ARC covers the same geographical region as UCLPartners AHSN, carrying out world-leading applied health research that meets the needs of our communities, locally and nationally.

Supporting the delivery of high-quality clinical research

Clinical Research Network North Thames supports research delivery across the UCLPartners region by helping to increase opportunities for patients to take part in clinical research, providing professional support services for the effective delivery of health research by our partner organisations and improving the environment for commercial contract clinical research. Hosted by Barts Health NHS Trust, the CRN also works with social care organisations to deliver research in the community.

Delivering personalised medicine to improve health

The NHS North Thames Genomic Medicine Service (GMS) Alliance aims to embed genomics into routine care and progress the development of personalised medicine. Hosted by UCLPartners, it is one of seven alliances created by NHS England to work with patients and the public to build trust in genomics, and develop and educate the NHS workforce to use genomics safely, effectively and efficiently to improve care for patients.

Unlocking the power of health data to improve cancer care

UCLPartners is the host organisation for DATA-CAN: The Health Data Research Hub for Cancer, which aims to make high-quality health data more accessible for cancer researchers and health professionals to help them carry out research to improve care and outcomes for people with cancer. One of seven initial Health Data Research UK hubs, DATA-CAN is a partnership of NHS organisations, patients, charities, academia and industry working across all four nations of the United Kingdom.