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£9 million boost to South West health research

A partnership that carries out health research in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, with direct benefits to patients’ health and NHS care delivery, has secured a further £9m in funding for the next five years.

The PenCLAHRC team The National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care in the South West Peninsula (NIHR PenCLAHRC), which includes University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, was established as one of the first nine CLAHRCs in the country in 2008.

Since 2008 NIHR PenCLAHRC has conducted and supported projects which have had a significant impact on patient care and the way in which services are delivered – including interventions to reduce inequalities in the most deprived neighbourhoods.

And now the collaboration has secured further NIHR funding. 

A central part of the way the collaboration works is to conduct research based on questions from the people directly affected by the issues under investigation: doctors, nurses, therapists and, importantly, patients.

An area of strength in which NIHR PenCLAHRC took a national lead is the meaningful involvement of patients and the public in research. Patients and members of the public take an active role in research, helping to set the research agenda, working with researchers to design and conduct studies and helping to make sure that the results get used in practice. This Patient Public Involvement (PPI) activity will continue to be a key component of the team’s activities over the next five years.

Professor Stuart Logan, Director of NIHR PenCLAHRC, commented: “We are delighted to have secured funding for the NIHR-ARC which will allow us to build on what has been achieved by PenCLAHRC. This award is a tribute the fantastic work carried out by our staff and partners over the last 10 years. These resources will enable us to generate and mobilise research evidence to improve people’s health and the services they use. We will continue to be driven by our partnership with patients and members of the public, clinicians and NHS organisations to ensure that we focus on what really matters.” 

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