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.
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.
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:
CLAHRC Academy short training courses
HENCEL/CLAHRC fellowship programme
CLAHRC-funded PHD studentships
Working with Our Partners
Our Research Partnership Team (RPT) is a multidisciplinary group identifying, validating and prioritising new areas of research need.
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.
News and Events
The impact of comorbidities on referral to and outcomes of hip and knee replacement surgery
New CLAHRC research looks at how comorbidities – multiple conditions experienced by patients – influence referrals to, and outcomes of hip and knee replacement surgery. Taking a 360-degree view of the referral and treatment process our researchers, led by Bélène Podmore, investigated current evidence in this area for patients with multiple conditions undergoing surgery. We examined; […]
Evaluation of heath impact of Low Emisison Zones makes the news
CLAHRC research investigating the impact of low emission zones on children’s physical activity and health has been featured on the BBC News CLAHRC North Thames, in collaboration with three other CLAHRCs and a number of other research bodies, is evaluating the effects of London’s new Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) on children’s physical health and activity. […]
Two people with lived experience of bowel cancer needed for research study Steering Committee
Bowel cancer is one of the most common cancers in the UK and around one in five patients arediagnosed after an emergency admission to hospital. Surgery to remove thetumour is the treatment of choice but emergency surgery for bowel cancer comeswith high risk and one in eight patients die from the procedure. New research aims […]
Introduction to Evaluation
Do you need to demonstrate the impact of projects in your organisation?Do you want to improve the design and implementation of your programme?Are you tasked with carrying out an evaluation, but don’t know where to start? This one day, hands-on workshop, run by the NIHR CLAHRC NorthThames Academy, addresses these challenges. It is aimed at […]