ARC launches to improve health and social care
This month, the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration East of England - hosted by CPFT, launched a programme of applied research to help communities most in need across the region.
Health professionals, researchers, patients, carers and public representatives met to discuss the ambitions set out in the ‘ARC manifesto’, and how to measure the impact of projects to address health and social care needs across the life course, from young children to older people.
NIHR ARC EoE Director and CPFT non-executive director Professor Peter Jones (second left) said: “It was great to see a really impressive level of engagement with such a wide range of partners from health and care, local government, voluntary and community organisations attending the event to start collaborating.
"After eighteen months of planning, launching the ARC with events across the region will help us develop the way we work and benefit communities over five years – including targeted support for populations in Great Yarmouth and Waveney, Peterborough and Fenland, Stevenage and Thurrock.”
NIHR ARC EoE Chair and CPFT chief Tracy Dowling (left) said: “This is a great opportunity to make a real difference with research to improve people’s lives, and CPFT is very proud to host the ARC for this region. Building skills and capacity in the workforce to do more research will help innovate and transform care, and CPFT staff can make a huge contribution to ARC projects with their knowledge and expertise.”
The NIHR ARC East of England is a partnership with the Universities of Cambridge, East Anglia, Hertfordshire and Essex together with regional providers of health and social care services, supported by the Eastern Academic Health Science Network.
Find out more about the NIHR ARC EoE and applied research themes in this introduction.
NIHR ARC EoE Director Professor Peter Jones and Chair Tracy Dowling share their reflections and next steps in the short film below: