East Midlands health improvement initiative launched

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The National Institute of Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care East Midlands (NIHR CLAHRC EM) has officially launched

More than 150 delegates from across the region took the opportunity to hear how the £28 million project will work on local health priorities, identified by the NHS, to drive forward improvement and innovation.

With life expectancy in the East Midlands lower than the England average and prevalence of long term conditions, such as diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and poor mental health, being much higher in some inner city areas, it is vital to find new ways of tackling these issues. NIHR CLAHRC EM brings together all the people involved in health care and research in the region and provides a unique framework in which to carry out and implement studies that will mean a real difference to local people.

Professor Kamlesh Khunti, Director of NIHR CLAHRC EM, said “It is fantastic to see so many leaders from the health and research communities coming together to help transform the health of people in the East Midlands. Their contribution will be invaluable if we are to take our research findings of how healthcare can be improved and put it into practice so it makes a real difference to patients.”

Professor Mike Cooke CBE, Chair of NIHR CLAHRC EM, said “I am proud that my Trust, Nottinghamshire Healthcare, has been selected by the NIHR to host CLAHRC EM and delighted by the opportunity to support this initiative.

“The East Midlands hosts some of the best health researchers in the world and the region has an enviable track record of success and achievement. CLAHRC EM will enable us to build on their skills, experience and dedication to deliver projects that match what the NHS is telling us is important to them. However, the key element will be transforming good research outcomes into practical improved health outcomes on the ground. The turnout at our launch demonstrates the enthusiasm for our ambitions and the support we have from all our partners.”

NIHR CLAHRC EM is a unique collaboration between universities, the NHS, industry, local authorities and the public from across the East Midlands. It is funded by the NIHR and supported by more than 50 local partners. NIHR CLAHRC EM brings together world leading health research institutes and front line NHS staff to work with partners in industry, local government and the public to carry out research focused on the health priorities of the East Midlands.

NIHR CLAHRC EM will not only undertake health research but ensure that the findings are put into practice as soon as possible. The partnership will also support the NHS in establishing the most efficient and effective ways of turning good ideas into practical results.

Justin Waring, University of Nottingham, Professor Kamlesh Khunti, Director CLAHRC East Midlands, Professor Mike Cooke CBE, Chair CLAHRC East Midlands, Sally Singh University Hospitals Leicester, Richard Morriss and John Gladman University of Nottingham