NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care – North West Coast (NIHR CLAHRC NWC)

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Information on this page was last updated on 30/05/2018

The National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care North West Coast (NIHR CLAHRC NWC) brings together NHS organisations, local authorities, the public and academic leaders from the Universities of Liverpool, Lancaster and Central Lancashire to accelerate the translation of research findings into service improvements.

The work of CLAHRC NWC is taken forward through:

• four programme themes (Delivering Personalised Health and Care, Improving Mental Health, Improving Public Health and Reducing Health Inequalities, Managing Complex Needs), each with a dedicated portfolio of applied health research projects;
• a Partner Priority Programme dedicated to research and implementation projects identified as being relevant to Partner services and practice And supported by: • The Evidence Synthesis Collaboration which works with our teams to produce the best available evidence to inform our activities;
• A Capacity Building programme to equip our Public and Resident Advisers, NHS & Local Authority Partner staff to conduct and use applied health research focused on reducing health inequalities CLAHRC NWC works with other CLAHRCs nationally and regional organisations such as Innovation Agency (Academic Health Science Network for North West Coast) and Clinical Research Network North West Coast, on shared projects, supported by a multidisciplinary team including health economists, health service researchers, engineers, statisticians, lab scientists, psychologists and sociologists and staff of Partner organisations.

Through the use of our Health Inequalities Assessment Toolkit (HIAT) all our activities will remain focused on work that has the potential to reduce health inequalities. We will ensure that all research and implementation activities consider their differential impacts across social groups.

We are a Collaboration:
We will support co-production through effective engagement of our Partners and stakeholders across all of our activities.

Our engagement strategy is inclusive:
We will engage and involve the public, including patients, service users and carers, and members of communities of interest and place, across all of our work.

Committed to achieving excellence:
We will ensure that all our research and implementation activity will be of excellent quality and relevant to our stakeholders. We will foster a culture of evaluation and reflection across all of our programmes.

The Public Health Theme runs the Neighbourhood Resilience Programme in Worsley Ward and we work closely with residents, local councils, Haslingden Community Link and other partners such as East Lancashire CCG. The Worsley Ward includes parts of Haslingden town and surrounding villages and communities.

The theme’s Neighbourhood Resilience Programme is based in our network of 10 relatively disadvantaged neighbourhoods for learning and it aims to enhance resilience in these neighbourhoods by using evidence from research alongside the experiential knowledge of the people who live and work there to address upstream social, economic and/or environmental drivers of health inequalities. The CLAHRC NWC Improving Public Health Programme provides a valuable opportunity for joint working between residents, local workers and policy makers and other local stakeholders.

Our public health theme has been co-designed by and is directly managed by our local authority (LA) partners to support them to deliver their statutory responsibilities to improve the health of their populations and reduce inequalities in health.

The theme management group is jointly chaired by an LA representative and the theme’s academic lead.

If you would like to find out more about our work in the area, please contact the Theme Leader, Professor Jennie Popay via Website:

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