News & Latest 05.04.2023

ARC East of England responding to future research needs

At ARC East of England, we want to ensure that we are continuously responding to research, researchers and communities needs across our region. To achieve this, we are gathering ideas about refinements to our strategy, including our research themes and how we can continue to build capacity for research across the region. 

In the short film below, our Director Professor Wendy Wills invites people to engage and share their views to help shape our future research programme. Click to play:

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The NIHR ARC EoE is one of 15 ARCs across England to support applied health and care research that responds to, and meets, the needs of local populations and local health and social care systems. 

The 5-year vision of the ARC EoE is to: achieve a nationally impactful, self-sustaining culture of collaborative applied health and care research embedded in the region; enhance research capacity and embed implementation practice. We aim for deep and sustainable engagement, spreading from ‘populations-in-focus’, creating measurable improvements in health and care.

Annual feedback from the NIHR confirms that our original programme of work is being delivered effectively. However, based on consultations with our Board, Expert Advisory Group and with the ARC core team/ Theme Leads, we need to consolidate the working methods, relationships and impacts of our research themes. We want to focus on ‘quality not quantity’ and advance our current workstreams. We also want to ensure our work continues to have relevance for health and care improvements in the region.

"We really want to engage with all of our partners so that we can hear what we have done well, what we could do better and what we could do more of."


Professor Wendy Wills, NIHR ARC East of England Director

Questions for our partners

Following discussions across the ARC, we are considering some refinements, and would welcome your views on these, or any additional suggestions. We have posed some specific questions in the consultation document. 

Please click here to read the consultation document

Easy read version is available here

We welcome your views. Please complete this short survey. You can find the survey link here.