Research Themes

Clinical research themes

(Scroll down to see all the themes or click on the link in the right hand column to access one of the themes directly.)

In the Child and Adolescent theme there are two streams of work; the child theme (research into screening of younger children for autism spectrum disorders) and the adolescent theme (research into the key transitional period from adolescent to adult services) have a focus on early detection, redesign of care pathways and mental health outcomes.

Mental health in children

Led by Professor Simon Baron-Cohen

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Mental health in adolescents and young people

 Led by Professor Ian Goodyer.

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The mental health in adults research theme is and focuses on the way in which health and social care services might best meet the needs of, and improve the quality of life for, men and women with complex and enduring impairments and associated social disadvantage (such as those with intellectual disabilities or acquired brain injury).

Adult theme

Led by Professor Tony Holland

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Mental health in old age 

This theme has two streams of work 1) aiming to characterise the mental health of older people and improve preventative and treatment intervention and 2) aiming to facilitate optimal care pathways at the end of life.

Old Age Theme

Led by Professor Carol Brayne.

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End of life care theme of research

Led by Dr Stephen Barclay.

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Cross-cutting implementation themes

In CLAHRC CP, much of the activity in the themes is project focused, but our overall aim is to improve services and care pathways beyond project timescales, and embed the capacity and capabilities in staff and organisations to continue improving services. We aim to do this by the use of  Implementation Science methodology in order to translate research into practice and ultimately develop and implement integrated health care systems. Fundamental to the concept of translational research is knowledge management or knowledge exchange. Our strategy for knowledge management (KM) will seek to adopt the most effective methods of knowledge exchange (KE), which are important concepts in healthcare. Read more about our approach to implementation.

The CLAHRC CP seeks to embed appropriate implementation tools, concepts and models within our research outputs. We have a unique, multi-disciplinary approach to implementation which brings perspectives from business (Judge Business School), public health (Cambridge Institute of Public Health) and engineering design (Engineering Design Centre).The collaboration is very much about applied health research where we are testing new ways of working in specific clinical areas to see if they are effective and appropriate for everyday use in the health service.

Public Health theme

Led by Professor Carol Brayne.

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Process design and change implementation

This cross-cutting theme involves the Judge Business School (JBS) and the Engineering Design Centre (EDC).   These themes support the clinical research themes in mapping and understanding current care pathways for patients and other services users, and the care and organisation components that affect pathways of care.

 

Service design and implementation

Led by Professor John Clarkson

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 Judge Business School

Led by Professor Michael Barrett.

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