Following a successful five year pilot, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) awarded funding to 13 Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs) across England.
NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands will receive £28 million in funding – including matched-funding from regional partners – for a period of five years (2013-18). It will improve patient outcomes by conducting research of local relevance and international quality into five main areas:
- preventing chronic disease
- managing chronic disease
- caring for older people and stroke survivors
- enhancing mental health
- implementing evidence and improvement.
NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands brings together health providers, commissioners, patient groups, health and research networks, life science industries and academic institutions to support the NHS to meet local priorities. The overarching aim of NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands is to improve health outcomes across the region (Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland). Over the next five years we aim to deliver world class research, health service improvement, better patient outcomes and improved public health. Working with our partners, we will ensure that lessons learned are put into practice quickly with a focus on delivering safe, high quality, patient centred care. By adding life to years as well as years to life, our work will significantly contribute to improving patient care and ensure “Healthier living for longer” for people with long term conditions, their families and carers in the East Midlands.