CLAHRC NWL’s Collaborative Learning and Partnerships (CLP) Cross Cutting Theme builds capacity and capability for the delivery of improvement in complex healthcare systems. We deliver a comprehensive capacity building programme designed to equip NHS staff, patients/carers and researchers with the skills to conduct and implement applied health research to improve care.

Activities range from a diverse doctorate programme, leadership and teaching on 10 MSc programmes and delivery of practical learning to frontline NHS staff and the wider community through quarterly Collaborative Learning events, peer to peer practical learning, an Improvement Leader Fellowship programme, eLearning and bespoke support for over 55 improvement projects.CLE QuoteMSC Quote






Our research identified how boundary strategies, such as the tools and methods of the CLAHRC NWL systematic approach can help facilitate dialogue between diverse groups to share the tacit knowledge necessary to translate evidence into practice and achieve improvements in care.


All our capacity building activity, including over 55 improvement projects and 108 fellows, supports learners to apply new improvement skills in practice. Our research has demonstrated that investment in individuals and teams is unlikely to realise its full benefit if they do not have a supportive organisational context. To further understand NHS priority research areas, we hosted 7 partner organisations to share ideas regarding how CLAHRC NWL can build organisational capacity for QI across the sector to inform our future strategy.


CLAHRC NWL has developed international expertise in quality improvement, which we regularly share through exchanges such as webinars. One of our successful international training sessions included a session we hosted with 20 students from New York University who were keen to learn about the health care and research into practice systems within the UK.

To increase and sustain national and international access to our improved training materials we have developed an eLearning platform ‘Quality Improvement for You’ (QI4U). Completion of the eight modules will provide the learner with 11 RCP CPD credits. QI4U currently has 630 users with the prospect of adding additional modules.

Over the next 12 months we will have trained over one hundred fellows as part of CLAHRC Northwest London Improvement Leader Fellowship Programme many of whom who have gone on to undertake significant roles, based on their learning in this programme including influential roles as patient leaders, higher research degrees and more senior NHS roles.

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In addition to this, we continue to see the number of users of our eLearning platform QI4U increase on a monthly basis. In collaboration with OCB media we will continue to market QI4U and will be providing QI4U support to London Trusts where Healthy London Partnership and NHS Improvement have requested our expertise to improve emergency care flow.

Our next Collaborative Learning Event is on the 20th July 2017. Register and come down and join us. We look forward to seeing you!