CLAHRCs: An Opportunity for Developing Partnerships in Research @SSRGUK

CLAHRCs: An Opportunity for Developing Partnerships in Research

An article by Jo Cooke in the Social Services Research Group newsletter April 2015

A new round of partnerships have been funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) called Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC).

CLAHRCs aim is to develop productive collaborations in order to make an impact on policy and practice, and to apply for
other funds and grants.

There are 13 CLAHRCs in England. All are funded for five years: Jan 2014- Dec 2018. Each CLAHRC serves particular geographical patch, but also have a remit to develop wider collaborations. The diagram right shows the location the collaborations. CLAHRCs are resourced by a mixed economy of NIHR funds which is matched
from their ‘partners’. Partners include universities, NHS Trusts, Local Authorities, the voluntary sector and industry. Match from partner organisations is usually in the form of ‘people time’. That is, time that practitioners and managers work on projects free of charge. Such projects are usually of benefit to partner organisations. Many CLAHRCs have already developed partnerships with Local Authorities, but would also like to deepen and strengthen these collaborations further.

What are the areas of potential work with SSRG and Local Authorities?
The purpose of a CLAHRC is to conduct applied research, support implementation
of research into practice, and build the capacity to do both.
The areas of mutual interest with SSRG members include applied research,
implementation and capacity building within the broad remit of Public Health and
the wider determinants of health. The sort of projects being conducted by the CLAHRCs
currently include:

• Provision of mental health training for foster carers (see

• A project to inform the design, commissioning and provision of robust community-based services for adults with learning disabilities and additional mental health and/or behavioural needs ( see http://www.clahrc-eoe.

• Supporting Resilience in disadvantaged neighborhoods see (http://www.c l a h r c – nwc . n i h r . a c . u k /me d i a /

Work in the CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber
I am the Capacity Lead for the CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber, and support the
work moving forward with Local Authorities in the Y&H region. This will focus on areas
of mutual interest linked to the expertise of our academic partners ( see http://clahrcyh.

Potential areas include
• Promoting health and wellbeing in care homes
• Undertaking Making Every Contact Count in Local Government organisations
• Modelling the impact of pollution on population health
• Developing and evaluating interventions that address health inequalities; wider determinants of health, and self management of long term conditions
• Tele-care
• Parenting
• Drugs and alcohol research

We are currently undertaking a priority setting exercise with our LA partners involving a mixed method approach of
questionnaires and workshops. We then hope to move forward to conduct projects
with our partners, and with SSRG. We are also working with one of our partners to build research capacity and a
research strategy within a Local Authority, and will be describing this work at the SSRG annual workshop.

Thanks to Jo Cooke, Programme Director and Capacity Lead, CLAHRC YH for
preparing this article – Ed

The Social Services Research Group (SSRG) is a non-profit making organisation, the purpose of which is to provide a network for research, providing a range of research information, planning and evaluation in social care and health services. SSRG members are drawn from a wide range of professional groups and organisations sharing a common interest in the work of the caring services.

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