What is an NIHR CLAHRC

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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.

NIHR awarded funding to 13 CLAHRCs across England in January 2014 for five years.

NIHR CLAHRC North Thames is led by our Director, Prof Rosalind Raine (who is Head of the Department of Applied Health Research at UCL). Hosted by Barts Health NHS Trust, it covers the geographical area of north central and north east London, south and west Hertfordshire, south Bedfordshire and south west and mid-Essex.

CLAHRC North Thames has over 50 partners including universities, NHS trusts, local authorities and the Greater London Authority (GLA), clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), UCLPartners (the local AHSN), industry, and organisations representing patients and the public.

NIHR CLAHRC North Thames – a list of our partners

The applied health research we undertake with our partners and in response to their needs is grouped into five broad themes:

  • Child and adolescent health

  • Empowering mental health service users and families

  • Innovations in systems and models of health and health care

  • Methodological innovation

  • Optimising behaviour and engagement with care

Individual projects in these areas are designed with the close involvement of clinicians, patients and the public, and academics from across our region. In addition to conducting ground breaking research, the CLAHRC has an important role in training the next generation of healthcare workers and applied health researchers, via the CLAHRC Academy. Find out more about our capacity building and training programmes in the Academy section.

Read more about the CLAHRC here: NIHR CLAHRC North Thames – An introduction.

Watch a short film introducing the CLAHRC featuring our Director Professor Rosalind Raine


The Department of Applied Health Research (DAHR) at University College London hosts the Core Group of NIHR CLAHRC North Thames. DAHR is headed by Professor Rosalind Raine, Professor of Health Care Evaluation and Director of the CLAHRC

The network of 13 CLAHRCs in England

Following a pilot run between 2008-2013, since 2014 there are 13 CLAHRCs established across England. The 13 CLAHRCs in England work closely together, providing a collaborative network that allows successful interventions in one CLAHRC region to be rolled out nationally.


Each collaboration has its own structure and approach to applied health research and areas it focuses on. However each CLAHRC has similar aims – to improve patient outcomes across the geographic area it covers through three key interlinked functions:

– conducting high quality applied health research;
– implementing the findings from research in clinical practice;
– increasing the capacity of NHS organisations to engage with and apply research.

This brochure introduces you to the highlights of the national CLAHRC programme. It details successful examples of our work and the impact it has had and will continue to have. Combined, we are saving the NHS millions and are helping to save and improve the lives of patients across England and further afield.

You can find out more about the other CLAHRCs and the areas they focus on via the CLAHRC Partnership Programme website

CLAHRC Partnership Programme

The CLAHRC Partnership Programme was established to facilitate knowledge exchange between CLAHRCs, with research and innovation infrastructure and with the wider NHS. The Programme is supported by the thirteen CLAHRCs and is hosted by Universities UK.


Name of CLAHRC

 Host organisation

NIHR CLAHRC East of England 
Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands 
Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
NIHR CLAHRC Greater Manchester
Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
NIHR CLAHRC North West Coast
NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group
NIHR CLAHRC North West London
Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
NIHR CLAHRC South London 
King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
NIHR CLAHRC South West Peninsula
Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
NIHR CLAHRC West Midlands
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust