Professor Richard Lilford, Director for the Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) for Birmingham and Black Country is delighted to report that the West Midlands has been successfully awarded a further £10million from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to continue evaluating and developing health services over the next five years. The initiative will be further funded with £20.6million of matched funding provided by collaborative partners.
The new NIHR CLAHRC West Midlands is a five-year initiative, commencing in January 2014, with a mission to create lasting and effective collaborations across health and social care organisations, universities (Birmingham, Keele, Warwick) and local authorities to improve the services we can deliver for patient benefit.
We will focus on four crucial areas of health:
- Theme 1 – Maternity and Child Health
- Theme 2 – Prevention and Early Intervention in Youth Mental Health
- Theme 3 – Prevention and Detection
- Theme 4 – Chronic Diseases (Integrated and Holistic Care)
This work will be supported by new scientific ways to measure the impact of changes and to make sure the best care is spread so that it can be delivered everywhere.
Cross-cutting topics include:
- Theme 5 – Implementation and Organisational Studies
- Theme 6 – Research Methods
This will only work if people who need to use our services are involved in all aspects of our work. We are fully committed to making sure this happens. If you would like to be involved please get in touch (http://www.clahrc-bbc.nihr.ac.uk/contact/index.html)
In five years, the outcome should be better health, a better prospect of staying healthy, and a service in which every pound of the public’s contribution goes on services that use the best evidence of what works. The results we obtain will be shared around the world, so that people everywhere can learn from our achievements.
See also the Department of Health press release (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/researchers-get-124m-funding-to-tackle-major-health-challenges)