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NIHR ARC North Thames

ARC North Thames is one of six 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 15 ARCs across England in 2019.

About NIHR ARC North Thames

NIHR ARC North Thames is hosted by Barts Health NHS Trust, and is led by Director, Prof Rosalind Raine (UCL). The ARC is a partnership of six leading universities (UCL, QMUL, LSE, LSHTM, City and UEL), UCLPartners, NHS trusts, clinical commissioning groups, councils, organisations representing patients and communities, and industry. It 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 focuses on five themes: mental health, multimorbidity, population health and social care, innovation and implementation, health economics and data. It is also designated as the national ARC lead for population health.

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.