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, prioritising, and progressing 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

Celebrating five years of CLAHRC North Thames applied health research

Over the past five years NIHR CLAHRC North Thames unique partnership of leading universities the NHS and Local Authorities, patients and industry has had a shared commitment to improving health and care and to reducing inequalities. During the course of our work, we have identified the problems that most concern everyone across our patch ranging […]

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£135 Million Research Fund Announcement Marked By Visit To NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) North Thames By Health Minister

Government announces £135 million investment in applied health research to equip NHS, public health and social care for the future The funding will tackle the biggest challenges the health and care system faces over the next five years Baroness Nicola Blackwood, Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health and Social Care, visits ARC […]

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CLAHRC Events

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Introduction to Economic Evaluation – Tuesday 29th October 2019

Do you need to demonstrate the economic impact of projects in your organisation? Do you want to assess the outcomes and sustainability of a new service? Are you tasked with carrying out an economic evaluation, but don’t know where to start? This one day, hands-on workshop aims to provide an introduction to addressing these challenges. […]

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Introduction to Evaluation – Thursday 19th September 2019

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 […]

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