About Us

National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs) 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.

CLAHRCs 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, CLAHRCs 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.

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Our Research

The applied health research we undertake with our partners and in response to their needs is grouped into the five broad themes below. We involve patients and the public in everything that we do.
Click on a theme to read more about the individual projects in each theme, which are designed with the close involvement of clinicians, patients and the public, and academics from across our region.

Our Academy

Everyone who works in health and social care has a key role to play in improving patient care and population health through the implementation of applied health research.

In order to speed up the translation of applied health research into practice, the NIHR CLAHRC North Thames Academy builds capacity across the whole CLAHRC community both to co-produce research and to apply its outputs on the frontline. We use a range of mechanisms to fulfil these goals, providing a number of opportunities for CLAHRC partners. These include:

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CLAHRC Academy short training courses

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HENCEL/CLAHRC fellowship programme

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CLAHRC-funded PHD studentships

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Working with Our Partners

Research Partnership Team

Our Research Partnership Team (RPT) is a multidisciplinary group identifying, validating and prioritising new areas of research need.

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Embedded Research Team

NIHR CLAHRC North Thames has established successful teams of ‘embedded researchers’ in some of our partner organisations. These researchers work in NHS trusts and local authorities to prioritise and carry out relevant and robust applied health research in response to immediate research needs. This innovative way of working ensures the results of our research can be used by the people who need them without delay.

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News and Events

Latest News

New forgetfulness leaflet to help Black African and Caribbean elders

A project under our mental health theme focuses on improving the care of Black African and Caribbean people with memory problems, which can be an early warning sign for dementia. We know that Black African and Caribbean elders develop dementia earlier, and seek help later than their white peers. This delay can greatly impact access […]

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Evaluating a Healthy Schools programme – our report and recommendations published

School-based interventions to increase health and wellbeing The health and wellbeing of school children is a pressing concern in England, with a  growing prevalence of obesity and diabetes in childhood. It is also widely recognised that a child’s emotional health and wellbeing influences their cognitive development and learning, as well as their physical and social health and […]

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Get Involved

Now recruiting to our Research Advisory Panel!

Do you want to get involved in helping health research benefit the NHS and patients? Do you want to work with an organisation committed to improving the quality of care and tackling health inequalities through research? Do you want the opportunity to meet and work with world-class health researchers in world-leading universities?

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Introduction to Economic Evaluation Workshop

On 22 March, the NIHR CLAHRC North Thames Academy held its first face-to-face course of 2017, with a workshop on Economic Evaluation held by Professor Stephen Morris, Dr Elena Pizzo, Dr Estela Capelas Barbosa, Nishma Patel and Nicholas Swart, all from UCL. The workshop was oversubscribed, and on the day, we had 28 participants with […]