IMPACT: World class research making a difference
In 2008, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) created Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs). They have a specific aim: to bridge the gap between the world class research conducted by academics and its implementation on the NHS frontline, where it can impact on patient lives and the quality of service provided to them. In 2013, following the success of the pilot CLAHRCs, it was decided to fund a second wave of 13 CLAHRCs for a five year period commencing 1 January 2014.
CLAHRCs bring together local NHS providers and commissioners with academics, other relevant local organisations, industry partners and health research infrastructures together with our local Academic Health Science Network (AHSN). The CLAHRCs we lead undertake high quality applied research and evidence based implementations that are responsive to and in partnership with our collaborating organisations, patients, carers and the public, the outcome being an improvement in both the health and wealth of our population.
All CLAHRCs conduct world-class applied health research across the NHS and then translate research findings into improved outcomes for patients. We focus on research targeted at chronic disease and public health interventions. The 13 CLAHRCs in England work together as a college ensuring that we share our learning across the country and work in a cohesive and collaborative way. We know that our success will be judged by the impacts we have not only on patient outcomes but on practice.