Lord Nigel Crisp, former Chief Executive of the NHS, hosted a breakfast meeting at The House of Lords on the 4th of July 2017 organised by the National Institute of Health Research. The aim of the event was to showcase the achievements of the three London Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC). The event offered an opportunity for policy makers, clinicians, NHS leaders, patients, third sector and industry partners from across London to find out more about the vital role that the CLAHRCs play in leading applied health research.


Professor Derek Bell led the CLAHRC Northwest London delegation but it was Sandra Jayacodi, a CLAHRC Improvement Leader fellow, who took to the podium to introduce the work of CLAHRC Northwest London. Sandra spoke of her personal journey in dealing with her own health problems and how through her involvement as a service user representative in a CLAHRC project she gained confidence and a passion for improvement. Sandra’s inspirational journey set the tone for the morning as patients, carers and members of the public take a central role in the work that all CLAHRCs undertake.

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Senior members of the CLAHRC Northwest London team (Left to Right): Liz Evans, Dr Catherine French, Ganesh Sathyamoorthy, Dr Julie Reed, Dr Tom Woodcock, Rachel Matthews and Professor Derek Bell

The four main themes of the meeting were mental and physical wellbeing; improving health and wellbeing through primary care; tackling the capital’s health challenges; and building research capacity and education.

CLAHRC Northwest London selected a number of their recent projects as examples of work undertaken in these areas in collaboration with their NHS partners.

The projects included:

The SHINE project – which aims to improve the physical health of people with serious mental illness. [Download SHINE Poster |Download SHINE Handout]

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The Atrial Fibrillation (AF) project – which aims to improve the detection and treatment of AF. [Download AF Poster | Download AF Handout]

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The Sickle Cell project – which has developed a Patient Reported Experience Measure (PREM), to measure sickle cell patients’ experience of using healthcare services. [Download SCD Poster | Download SCD Handout]

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In addition to the projects, CLAHRC showcased the work accomplished to build capacity across the northwest London through activities including doctoral training, postgraduate teaching and training for NHS staff in the use of quality improvement methods.

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[Download the Deprivation, ethnicity, and life expectancy in London Poster | Download the Capacity Building Handout | Download the Fellowship Tree |Download the Cross-CLAHRC Capacity Booklet |Download the Building capacity in world-leading applied health research Poster | Download the NIHR South London Meeting Report]

The meeting report distributed from NIHR CLAHRC South London fed-back glowing responses from attendees.

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It is hoped that the event was effective in raising awareness of the need for the continued support and investment from the NIHR in high quality applied health research in collaboration between higher education institutes and the NHS.

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