Exciting new data partnership with Islington launches this month

Islington Council, Islington Clinical Commissioning Group, North East London Commissioning Support Unit, and the CLAHRC,  have been granted an award for a project which aims to create a linked data-set between NHS and a local government data for households across Islington.

Local authorities hold data on their residents in terms of social care, housing, early years settings, education and crime. All of these are important to health: and in turn affected by health.

Linking local government information with health data offers an opportunity to better understand the local population’s combined health and social needs and to improve health and wellbeing in the widest sense across the Borough.

We would be able to answer questions such as:

What are local pattern of health and social risk factors for homelessness at a household level?

How could we best target prevention services and support to households at high risk of homelessness?

The project builds on our close ties to Islington, and is part of the Health Foundation’s Advancing Applied Analytics programme, aimed at improving analytical capability in support of health and care services.




The Health Foundation is an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK.


Conference success for CLAHRC PhD Marissa Mes

CLAHRC North Thames PhD Marissa Mes enjoyed success at the prestigious Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) of the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research (AUK CAR).

Marissa accepts her award from AUKCAR Director Professor Aziz Sheikh

Marissa won best poster presentation when she showcased her work to delegates during the conference (below)  – her research focus is assessing whether pharmacists are a suitable delivery channel for an intervention aimed at asthma patients to improve their adherence to preventer inhalers.

Marissa in action at the ASM

Our congratulations to Marissa on her prize.

Marissa’s fellow CLAHRC PhD Caroline Katzer, who is developing and evaluating an intervention to improve adherence to inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) in adult asthma patients also showcased her work at the conference via both a poster and an oral presentation, which generated a lot of discussion, and was among those complimented on the quality of her presentations.



Both PhDs are funded by the CLAHRC and affiliated to AUKCAR.

The National Institute for Health Research: Improving the health and wealth of the UK through research

A new piece in Open Access Government highlights the scale and scope of the work of our funder the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

In its role as the “research arm of the NHS” the NIHR’s mission is to improve both the health and wealth of the UK by means of research. A piece by Jonathan Miles (Editor, Open Access Government) gives a great overview of the work of the NIHR, and how it works with charities, industry and other sectors.

There are also a couple of examples of the groundbreaking and impactful research funded by the NIHR and the difference it is making – read the piece below.