A team of experts, led by Manchester Business School’s Professor Ruth Boaden, has been awarded £10 million funding for five years by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) which will be matched by CLAHRC partner organisations who will provide an equivalent level of funding in cash and in kind.
The Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) Greater Manchester will receive the funding from January 2014 to enable successful initiatives to be further developed and provide the opportunity for new partnerships and programmes of work.
The funding will help ensure patients benefit from innovative new approaches to commissioning and care provision, through world-class research being put into practice.
CLAHRC Greater Manchester is a partnership between providers and commissioners from the NHS and the third sector, with research experts from the University of Manchester including Professor Ruth Boaden from Manchester Business School and Professor Karen Luker from the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences.
The Department of Health has announced that CLAHRC Greater Manchester will be one of 13 CLAHRC programmes in England, with £124 million invested in the programme nationally.
Professor Boaden said: “It’s fantastic news that people in Greater Manchester will once again benefit from the work of the NIHR CLAHRC Greater Manchester. The CLAHRC plays a hugely important role in building partnerships between universities, health care and industry and most importantly, in improving care for patients.”
CLAHRC Greater Manchester comprises projects aimed at making a real impact on the lives of patients with long-term conditions and will focus on primary and community care provision, and on developing patient-centred care. It will build on many of the successful initiatives in the current CLAHRC including supporting the improvement of physical health for people with long-term mental illness, supporting people who have had a stroke, and improving care for people with vascular long-term conditions.