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NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) West Midlands

NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) West Midlands

NIHR ARC West Midlands logo

The NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) West Midlands is a five-year initiative (2019-2024) with a mission to create lasting and effective partnerships across health and social care organisations, and universities (Birmingham, Keele and Warwick) in order to improve care services across the West Midlands.

ARC West Midlands Research themes

Medical practitioner in discussion with patient

1. Long term conditions

Medical practitoner with patient

2. Acute care interfaces

Youth counselling session

3. Integrated care in youth mental health

Maternity health care

4. Maternity services

Our research is underpinned by these four cross-cutting themes

Organisational science, planning meeting

5. Organisational science

Public Health - meeting between three people in face masks

7. Public health

Research methodology and informatics

6. Research methodology and informatics

Social Care - two people talking, one in a wheelchair, one crouching down

8. Social care

Latest news

Reflections of an ARC Director

ARC West Midlands Director, Prof Richard Lilford, has produced a series of 5 blog articles, which reflect on over 13 years of experience. These articles include an overview; the role of ARCs in research and in implementation; how ARCs can deliver on their manifold objectives; the role of ARCs in service evaluation; and feedback for research commissioners.

Read the set by clicking hereLink opens in a new window.

NIHR ARC West Midlands is one of 15 ARCs across England aiming to improve the health and care of patients and the public. We are part of a £135 million investment by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) with matched funding provided by local health and social services.

Our work builds on research conducted by our predecessors, the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) for West Midlands, and the CLAHRC Birmingham and Black Country pilot.