News – New £24million Research Programme to Improve the Region's Health and Wellbeing

PATIENTS with long term conditions such as mental health disorders, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes and stroke are set to benefit from a major multi-million pound partnership between the region’s NHS organisations, leading universities, local government, industry, charities, patients and the public.
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is to award the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Yorkshire and Humber (CLAHRC YH) a £10million grant to test new ways of delivering and re-designing health services and tackling health inequalities. The research programme – which is being boosted by a further £14million pound investment from partner organisations – will begin its work in January 2014 for a five-year period.
The investment will see the development of innovative health services through joint working between patients and partner organisations. As well as projects to improve services for people with diabetes, COPDor mental health disorders, and stroke survivors, there will be projects on the use of remote health technologies, which can help patients with long term conditions through improved monitoring and self-management, and projects to improve diagnosis and services for the frail and elderly.
Professor Sue Mawson, director of the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Yorkshire and Humber, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded funding for this major new initiative which will give us real opportunities to continue our activities and research in this important area. Yorkshire and Humber has some of the highest levels of social deprivation and health inequalities in the country, and the North-South divide is growing, so this is a significant investment which will enable us to address some of the huge health challenges we face across our region. We have already committed to working with 39 partner organisations in our region, including NHS organisations, leading universities, local government, charities and industry, and this will put us in a strong position to become a world leader in health services research, healthcare innovation, and transform the health of thousands of people living in the region and beyond.”
In recognition of the value of multidisciplinary collaborative research to support CLARHC activity, the White Rose University Consortium will fund research studentships at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffie
Professor Dame Sally C. Davies, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Advisor at the Department of Health, said:ld and York over the next five years. Dr Julian White, Chief Executive of the White Rose University Consortium, said: “We are delighted to offer additional support to the CLAHRC YH by offering 6 fully funded PhD studentships to create research networks that will support the specific aims and objectives of the CLAHRC YH and represents an additional investment of £333,000”.
“I’m delighted we have today announced the successful schemes and I’m very much looking forward to hearing updates on how patients will benefit from this research.
“The teams are following a strong tradition of success as the National Institute for Health Research has a proven record track record of world-class health research in the NHS.
“Supporting our leading researchers is so important and these NIHR CLAHRCs will link the NHS, universities, and other relevant organisations providing care for patients in what will be ground-breaking work to improve the lives of thousands of patients across the country.”
The Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Yorkshire and Hu
mber is one of 13national collaborations to improve healthcare. A total of nine pilot programmes have been active
nationally since 2008, with the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Yorkshire and Humber developing from two of these pilot programmes in South Yorkshire and Leeds, York and Bradford.
Further information about existing Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care programmes in Yorkshire and Humber can be found at and
For more information please see
The National Institute for Health Research
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is funded by the Department of Health to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. Since its establishment in April 2006, the NIHR has transformed research in the NHS. It has increased the volume of applied health research for the benefit of patients and the public, driven faster translation of basic science discoveries into tangible benefits for patients and the economy, and developed and supported the people who conduct and contribute to applied health research. The NIHR plays a key role in the government’s strategy for economic growth, attracting investment by the life-sciences industries through its world-class infrastructure for health research. Together, the NIHR people, programmes, centres of excellence and systems represent the most integrated health research system in the world. For further information, visit the NIHR website (
For further information on NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber including partners and planned activities, please contact Dr Katherine Jeays-Ward,
For further information on the White Rose University Consortium
Tel +44 (0)1904 435353

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