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

Taking a step back to examine overcrowding in emergency departments

Overcrowding in hospital emergency departments generates headlines and a perception that there is a “crisis” in services. It has a negative impact on staff and patients in the immediate environment and risks compromising the safety of care. There are also knock-on effects such as the widespread cancellation of elective (planned) surgery and has even led […]

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Celebrating Patient and Public Involvement in our research

A new short film celebrates the impact of involving patients and the public in our work! Some of our valued public contributors, alongside senior and early career CLAHRC researchers reflect on being part of the CLAHRC and look ahead to NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) North Thames. #getinvolved #todaysresearchtomorrowscare Reflections from contributors  and researchers below […]

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CLAHRC Events

Get Involved

Evaluation in Public Health and Care, Level 2 – Tuesday 5th November 2019; 09:00 – 17:00

Are you tasked with carrying out or commissioning an evaluation, but would appreciate guidance on what questions to ask, what outcomes to look for, or how to plan for an evaluation? This one day, hands-on workshop, run by the NIHR CLAHRC North Thames Academy, addresses these challenges. It is aimed at staff from NHS Trusts, […]

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Becoming Research Active: 27th November 2019; 9am – 5pm.

Are you a nurse, allied health professional, public health or local government member of staff who is interested in research or who has had some exposure to research?  Our workshop is suitable for staff from NHS Trusts, CCGs, and Local Authorities who are keen to become involved in research. Engaging in research is a great […]

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