NIHR award for CLAHRC East of England

Delight as researchers are awarded £10 million to aid patient care

Cutting-edge research into the care of people with mental health conditions has received a huge boost after it was announced that a project hosted by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) and involving the Universities of Cambridge and East Anglia (UEA) has been awarded nearly £10 million. The NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) East of England is being set up to conduct pioneering research focused on the needs of patients and service users.

Today, it has been confirmed that the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) has awarded CLAHRC East of England  £9,972,282 – and projects that are funded by the money could be making a difference to people’s lives within three years.

CLAHRC East of England will begin operating in January 2014, replacing CLAHRC Cambridgeshire and Peterborough which was formed in 2008.

Researchers in the new CLAHRC will need to demonstrate how their work will make a difference to patients within three to five years, and how their projects will fit into one of a number of research themes including dementia and patient safety.

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Professor Peter Jones, Director of CLAHRC East of England and Head of Department Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge, said: “I am delighted that NIHR has awarded this funding to our new CLAHRC. “The aim of the CLAHRC is to ensure the findings of academic studies can be used to make a real difference to front-line patient care as soon as possible. “The work around dementia and how we care for older people is especially important because they are such major challenges facing healthcare and social care providers.”

David Edwards, Chairman of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The award of this funding is very welcome. It will be used to fund vital research and will continue to build on our commitment to place patient care at the very top of our priorities.”

The NIHR CLAHRC East of England works in partnership with a wide range of health and social care providers across the region.

Read the Department of Health press release