About NIHR ARC Northwest London
"To improve outcomes for patients and public; improve quality, delivery and efficiency of health and care services; increase the sustainability of health and care systems locally and nationally." - National Institute for Health and Care Research
The NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Northwest London (NIHR ARC NWL) undertakes high-quality applied health and care research and work across local health and care systems to close the second translational gap by supporting implementation of research while working collectively with ARCs in other parts of England to ensure national impact.
NIHR ARC NWL launched October 2019, we are part of the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) and hosted by Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust with Imperial College London as our main academic partner.
Our programme is conducted via four research themes and three cross-cutting themes with the overarching goal is to build sustainable infrastructure for a continual improvement in health behaviours and population health, and a reduction in health inequalities for the people of Northwest London.
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About Applied Research Collaborations
NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs) support applied health and care research that responds to, and meets, the needs of local populations and local health and care systems.
These 15 local partnerships between NHS providers, universities, charities, local authorities, Academic Health Science Networks and other organisations also undertake implementation research to increase the rate at which research findings are implemented into practice.
The ARCs, announced in July 2019, aim to improve outcomes for patients and the public; improve the quality, delivery and efficiency of health and care services; and increase the sustainability of the health and care system both locally and nationally.
The ARCs undertake research on a number of areas of need highlighted by the NIHR Futures of Health report, including: the challenges of an ageing society; multimorbidity; and the increasing demands placed on our health and care system.
The £135 million five-year funding also aims to deliver national-level impact through significant collaboration between the ARCs, with individual ARCs providing national leadership within their fields of expertise.
ARCs and AHSNs collaborating to support post-pandemic priorities
The NHS Insights Prioritisation Programme (NIPP) was set up to accelerate the evaluation and implementation of promising innovations – selected for their potential to support the evolution of post-pandemic ways of working, build service resilience and deliver ongoing benefits to patients. ARCs and Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) received £4.2m for collaborative projects.
In collaboration with Imperial College Health Partners NIHR ARC NWL's NIPP project focuses on Improving early identification and management of chronic kidney disease.
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