Article 23.07.2021

Applied health and social care research from East of England showcased in national CLAHRC legacy

Research from East of England features in the new flagship publication demonstrating the national impact of NIHR funded applied research

The legacy of the CLAHRCs 2014-19 - 5 years of NIHR-funded applied health research compiles key research projects from the NIHR Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs). Drawing together case studies from priority themes, the document demonstrates how the CLAHRCs conducted innovative research leading to improved outcomes for patients, better and more cost-effective services while challenging health inequalities.

CLAHRC East of England projects featured include:

  • Prepared to Share: Data sharing in end-of-life care: This study evaluated Electronic Palliative Care Co-ordination Systems (EPaCCS), which aim to improve coordination of care, enable patient choice and achieve cost effectiveness in end-of-life care.
  • Transforming care: using positive behaviour support to enable children and young people to remain in their local communities: This project helped to establish an intensive support team for children and young people with intellectual (Iearning) disabilities and ‘challenging behaviour’, who are often excluded. They showed that exclusion can be prevented with flexible, person-centred, and responsive support.

“The NIHR CLAHRCs increased the country’s applied health and care research capacity and capability, making this a key strength of the NIHR.  These case studies are a fantastic demonstration of the CLAHRCs’ impact on improving services and outcomes for patients and the public, across a wide range of priority areas.  Our Applied Research Collaborations continue to build on this legacy.”

Dr Louise Wood CBE, co-lead NIHR, Director of Science, Research and Evidence at the Department of Health and Social Care

Read the full document

Since October 2019, the NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs) have continued the work of the CLAHRCs. They deliver research relevant to the needs of their local populations, while contributing to nationally identified research priority areas.