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

My health in school website up and running

CLAHRC researchers based at Queen Mary University working to positively transform the health of young people have launched the My health in school initiative and website. ‘My Health in School’ aims to support young people’s health via school-based projects. The My health in school team (below) also includes researchers and communications experts from Queen Mary University […]

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Why has the US opioid crisis not spread to the UK?

The misuse of and addiction to opioids, including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, has been labelled “a serious national crisis” in the US affecting public health as well as social and economic welfare. The US opioid epidemic has yet to cross the Atlantic to the United Kingdom. But why has opioid […]

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