The Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt has announced a new competition for up to twelve NIHR Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (NIHR CLAHRCs) around the country, to ensure that the best evidence gained from research is applied directly to the NHS to improve the lives of patients.
£120 million will be available for this scheme, which is part of the Government’s commitment to put the UK at the forefront of health research.
The new funding builds on nine NIHR CLAHRCs established in 2008, as collaborative partnerships between a University and surrounding NHS organisations, which are now in the final year of funding. CLAHRCs undertake high quality applied health research focused on the needs of patients that supports the translation of research evidence into practice in the NHS.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said:
“Britain is one of the best research centres in the world and it is important that we harness the skills and creativity in this sector to really improve the lives of those who use the NHS.
If we can have better tests, better technology and make better use of the skills of NHS staff, we will be in a better position to tackle the changing needs of our population and ensure patients get the care they deserve.”