Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research & Care (CLAHRC)

Hosted by CPFT, the CLAHRC is a collaboration of academics, clinicians and managers who undertake high quality applied health research focused on the needs of patients and service users, supporting the translation of research evidence into practice in the NHS and social care..

hands in circle

NIHR CLAHRC East of England began operating on 1 January 2014, growing out of its predecessor (CLAHRC for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough), it now extends the collaboration throughout the East of England, harnessing the strengths of the Universities of Cambridge, East Anglia, and Hertfordshire.

NIHR CLAHRC East of England focuses its research efforts on the needs of people with complex problems, often vulnerable when multiple agencies are involved in their care: young people, frail older people, those with dementia, learning disabilities, acquired brain injuries or mental ill health.

The CLAHRC collaboration includes around thirty-six organisations, with research hubs in the Universities of Cambridge, Hertfordshire and East Anglia working closely with individuals and organisations involved in delivering care. Service users and carers are at the heart of what we do, in parallel with an ambitious public health programme. Co-production and collaboration at all stages of the research process are fundamental to making a positive impact through applied health research.

Research themes

Cross-cutting elements of the collaboration include researching the best ways to involve patients and the public in health research, health economics and patient ith safety where CLARHC has a strong partnership with the Eastern Academic Health Science Network. Research themes are:

- Dementia, frailty and end-of-life care
- Enduring disability and advantage
- Patient safety
- Health economics
- Patient and public involvement
- Innovation and evaluation

Partner organisation, who have committed matched funding to the joint collaboration, include those planning, commissioning and delivering health and social care within the East of England, as well as industry partners. Through on-going prioritisation and peer-review, NIHR funds are used to support applied health researchers and fund high quality research projects. CLAHRC aims to develop strong, region-wide grant applications to NIHR and other national funding bodies, and align the work with other NIHR investments in the region. This will ensure high quality research, maximising value for money, and will support the CLARHC East of England legacy. 

For more information and details of current research projects, please visit the CLAHRC website at 

The page was last updated on 19 October 2017 by aient.

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