9 June, 2008
The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) has selected Greater Manchester as the venue for a prestigious new Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC).
The CLAHRC – a collaboration between experts from Manchester Business School and The Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences at The University of Manchester and 19 NHS Trusts across Greater Manchester – will receive £20 million over five years to fund research into healthcare for people with cardiovascular conditions and to ensure that knowledge gained from this research is used to improve health services across Greater Manchester.
Researchers from MBS and The Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences will focus on better resources to support patient self-management, new approaches to the management of depression in patients with vascular disease, patient-centred models of access to specialist care and information systems to facilitate the planning and monitoring of care pathways for people with vascular disease.
CLAHRC Director, Professor Bonnie Sibbald, said:
"Manchester researchers are among the best in the world in developing and evaluating new ways to improve health care. The CLAHRC will help us to ensure that knowledge gained from this research is effectively translated into improved health services for the people of Greater Manchester."
The translation of knowledge will be led by a team from MBS, headed up by Professor Ruth Boaden. They will implement research findings in partnership with NHS staff to spread and sustain good practice. Staff (both managers and doctors) will be appointed to facilitate the process of change within the NHS under the supervision of MBS academics and NHS staff.
Professor Ruth Boaden explains:
"We’re delighted to be working so closely with colleagues from across the University and NHS Trusts across Greater Manchester. This type of collaborative approach means patients benefit from the very latest thinking in improving healthcare. All too often valuable research isn’t put into practice or spread to all parts of the NHS, even when it’s been shown to be useful in one place, and patients miss out."
The Greater Manchester CLAHRC, which launches in October 2008, is one of seven in England that were selected to generate a step change in the quality of NHS care though knowledge transfer between a leading university and its surrounding NHS trusts.
Source: Manchester Business School