NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) North Thames

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) CLAHRC North Thames conducts groundbreaking research that has a direct impact on the health of patients with long-term conditions, and on the health of the public.

The NIHR CLAHRC North Thames brings together world-leading universities, the NHS, UCLPartners, local authorities, patients, the public, industry and charities in a 55-strong partnership to speed the uptake of new ways of providing care to benefit patients and the population across all social groups.

NIHR CLAHRC North Thames was launched in 2014 after a successful bid led by UCLPartners. Alongside the other 12 CLAHRCs across the country, NIHR CLAHRC North Thames bridges 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.

NIHR CLAHRC North Thames serves a population of six million people covering north central and north east London, south and west Hertfordshire, south Bedfordshire and south west and mid Essex, aligned to the geography of the UCLPartners Academic Health Science Network (AHSN). It has received £9 million in funding over five years from the NIHR. It has also secured matched funding worth £34 million from NHS trusts, higher education institutions, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), the Greater London Authority (GLA), local authorities, industry and voluntary and community sector groups.

NIHR CLAHRC North Thames delivers innovative applied health research across five different themes:

Research teams from our member organisations work in partnership with the NHS and Public Health England to tackle a wide range of health issues from multiple angles. For example, evaluating the location of welfare advice services in GP surgeries and undertaking a school-based asthma evaluation, delivering a targeted intervention to children with poor asthma control.

In order to speed up the translation of applied health research into practice, the CLAHRC has established an academy to build capacity across the whole CLAHRC community both to co-produce research and to apply its outputs on the frontline. The CLAHRC uses a range of mechanisms to fulfil these goals, providing a number of benefits for CLAHRC partners. These include:

  • Short training courses aimed at frontline NHS and public health staff – for example around using evidence in decision-making and carrying out service evaluations
  • A fellowship programme aimed at health professionals who would like to pursue a clinical academic career and become research leaders of the future
  • CLAHRC-funded PhD studentships to create a community of students training in applied health research and take best advantage of the expertise available across the partnership

The applied health research carried out by NIHR CLAHRC North Thames across the partnership will ensure that our AHSN programmes are on course to achieve their objectives and support members of the partnership to achieve their objectives to improve health and to create wealth.