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

How can we help Emergency Departments better prepare for the arrival of patients with acute mental health problems?

New CLAHRC research offers the NHS a great opportunity to better support patients with mental health issues arriving at Emergency Departments. Consultant public health physician and clinical academic Dr Helen Barratt has used NHS data to describe the population of patients who attend Emergency Departments in England, including their sociodemographic characteristics. As part of the […]

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What adaptations are needed to deliver psychological therapies in inpatient settings?

Psychological therapies (sometimes referred to as ‘talking therapies’) offer a chance for patients to explore difficulties in a safe and confidential setting. The therapy is delivered by a qualified professional, working in partnership with a patient to help them better understand feelings that arise from their past experiences, and attitudes towards them. Evidence suggests these […]

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CLAHRC Events

Get Involved

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 […]

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Could you be an ambassador for research?

Patient Research Ambassadors needed to promote health research from a patient point of view We have teamed up with colleagues at the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) to support their Patient Research Ambassador (PRA) initiative. The Network is looking for patients, carers, and members of the public who have taken part in research and who are […]

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