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PenCLAHRC successful in application to become a designated and funded NIHR Applied Research Collaboration

Posted on July 11th 2019

PenCLAHRC are delighted to be able to announce success in their bid to become a funded and designated NIHR Applied Research Collaboration.

In 2018 The NIHR launched a new competition to designate and fund NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (NIHR ARCs), a new approach to the NIHR CLAHRCs of previous years. PenCLAHRC submitted their application to the NIHR to secure designation and funding for five years as an NIHR ARC in autumn 2018, and are now able to confirm the success of their application.

The new funding is part of a £135 million government investment in health research aimed at tackling the biggest challenges the health and care system faces over the next five years including dementia, obesity and mental health. A total of fifteen partnerships across England, made up of NHS organisations, social care services, leading academics, innovators, and local authorities, have been awarded funding through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) for ground-breaking new projects that will address the increasing demands on the NHS and give patients greater independence and choice about how they manage their healthcare.

Health Minister Nicola Blackwood said: “As the population grows and demand on the NHS increases, it is paramount we develop the next generation of technologies and improve the way we work to ensure the NHS continues to offer world-leading care.

“The UK has a proud history of cutting edge health research and by supporting the great minds in health and social care, this funding has the potential to unlock solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing healthcare and revolutionise the way patients access treatments in the future.”

The extra funding follows a number of successful projects funded by the NIHR in the past, including research which led to the Long Term Plan commitment of every woman receiving care from the same midwife during pregnancy, birth and postnatally by 2021.

Other applied research projects to receive funding in previous years include:

  • An online tool to help people manage their long-term conditions from the comfort of their own home, saving the NHS £175 per patient, reducing hospital stays and improving patient outcomes.
  • The introduction of life-saving blood clotting treatment - tranexamic acid (TXA) - across all ambulance services in England to reduce bleeding in trauma patients - saving an estimated 400 lives a year.
  • A home-based rehabilitation programme for people with heart failure that has been shown to significantly improve quality of life, lead to better health outcomes for patients and is cost-effective to deliver in the NHS.

Prof Chris Whitty, NIHR Lead and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department of Health and Social Care, said:

"The unique local collective approach at each NIHR Applied Research Collaboration will support applied health and care research that responds to, and meets, the needs of local patients, and local health and care systems. The network will also be able to tackle health priorities at a national level".

“The 15 new NIHR Applied Research Collaborations will ensure that we grow applied health and care research in every region in England. The additional funding announced today means we will ensure that our world-leading research is turned into real benefits for patients and ensure the NIHR Applied Research Collaborations work together to have national-level impact.”

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