CLAHRC for South Yorkshire is one of nine national Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care. We are currently funded from 2008-2013. We are working together with our main funder, the National Institute for Health Research, our partner organisations and our collaborators to improve patient outcomes through the self-management of long-term conditions, and in the field of public health to help address health inequalities.
The CLAHRCs were introduced in response to recognised gaps in the translation of health research into new products and treatment approaches, and in the implementation of new approaches to clinical practice (Cooksey Review 2006). They are designed to develop mutually beneficial partnerships between higher education institutions and NHS organisations to improve patient outcomes through applied health research and local implementation of the results. The three primary functions of the CLAHRCs are:
- To conduct high quality applied health research
- To implement findings from research into clinical practice
- To increase the capacity of NHS organisations to engage with and apply research and implement findings into practice, including through organisation changes and continuing professional development for professionals and managers.
Between 2008 and 2013 we are delivering impacts in:
- The amount and the way that applied research is undertaken in our region
- The design, evaluation and delivery of service improvements across our region
- How individuals within our organisations use research evidence to improve quality of care
- How we work in response to local healthcare priorities and needs.