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National Impact

The 13 national NIHR CLAHRCs have three distinct pillars of work:

  1. To undertake high-quality applied research.
  2. To undertake evidence-based implementation that is responsive to and in partnership with their collaborating organisations, patients, carers and the public.
  3. To increase the country’s capacity and capability to conduct high-quality applied health research, while understanding implementation and improvement science thereby creating pathways to impact.

The CLAHRC initiatives are working together to demonstrate national impact across these three domains and have published a series of national documents:

Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care - Celebrating 10 Years of NIHR (PDF Document)

The projects described here introduce you to some of the highlights of the CLAHRC research programme from all 13 of the CLAHRCs across England. These projects have been selected for their excellence and their current and likely future impact. The selection includes examples of CLAHRCs working individually with their local partners, as well as examples of cross-CLAHRC collaboration. A recent review showed that CLAHRCs have collaborated on 71 projects/major pieces of work. We anticipate that these collaborations will grow exponentially in the future, building upon successful research production and implementation across the country. NIHR CLAHRC research is saving the NHS millions and helping to save and improve the lives of patients, carers and the public across England and further afield.

We would like to thank all of the CLAHRCs for sharing their work, and the staff who supported the development of this brochure. We would particularly like to thank Professor Kamlesh Khunti, Dr Kevin Quigley and Michael Bonar of CLAHRC East Midlands for co-ordinating, development and production of this work; Professor Richard Hobbs of CLAHRC Oxford and Professor Ruth Boaden of CLAHRC Greater Manchester for helping review the projects.
All of us at the NIHR CLAHRCs are looking forward to continuing our work and significantly improving patient access and outcomes.

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Mapping research capacity activities in the CLAHRC community (PDF Document)

This report maps the role of the NIHR CLAHRCs in England as they seek to support, develop and sustain Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals (NMAHP’s) as clinical academics and provides insight into successful models of capacity building and recommendations for further development.

The CLAHRC West Midlands contributed the following case study to this report:

  • Case Study 7 (page 37): Developing and supporting research midwives in the West Midlands through a Research Midwives Forum. Led by Dr Sara Kenyon, Maternity Lead for Maternity and Child Health Theme, CLAHRC West Midlands and NIHR Advocate for Midwifery.
World Class Research Making a Difference (PDF Document)

This document contains case studies to demonstrate the impact of the 13 national CLAHRC inititatives. 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. We thank CLAHRC East Midlands who led on the development of the document.

CLAHRC West Midlands case studies include:

  • Theme 4: Regional Implementation of STarT Back – an Approach to Manage and Treat People with Back Pain According to the Patient’s Prognosis - pages 20-21
  • Theme 2: A Ground-Breaking Early Intervention Service in Birmingham to Offer Mental Health Services for Young People, from 0 to 25 Years - pages 32-33
  • Theme2: Case Study: A teenager has been saved from a life on the streets and deep depression, thanks to
  • the help and support she received from mental health services in Birmingham - pages 34-35

We are working in collboration with other CLAHRC to present high-level impact case studies under the NIHR at 10 media campaign.