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Collaborative Learning and Capacity Building

Developing learning environments that provide people with the knowledge, skills and competencies to achieve improvements in complex systems


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The Collaborative Learning and Capacity Building (CLCB) Theme Workstreams and activities will be aligned to answer the research questions for the theme with the overarching aim of enabling NIHR ARC NWL to be a national centre of excellence for research on health improvement. 

People learn better when they learn together: patients and community members learning alongside healthcare professionals and academics builds relationships across traditional boundaries, enriches learning, and promotes collaborative working. To ensure direct relevance of our work, we will work closely with NHS and social care partners to evaluate and adapt local capacity building activity, building on our successful track record. The applied nature of this work will ensure that research in the theme directly and quickly influences capacity building approaches in the sector.

Aim of the CLCB Theme

To understand the mechanisms through which people – including academics, healthcare professionals and patients – learn and work together to translate evidence and achieve improvements in health behaviours and population health. 

This theme will develop an understanding of how to build individual, organisational and system capacity for improving health behaviours and health outcomes, enabling people to make changes to meet the individual patient and population needs of the diverse communities in NWL.

Workstream Focus Areas:


Formal Teaching and Training

Learning and Training Activities

Meet the Collaborative Learning and Capacity Building Theme

Dr Fiona Moss

Theme Lead


Fiona is the Theme Lead for the Collaborative Learning and Capacity Building theme. Her previous roles include Dean for the Royal Society of Medicine and Consultant Respiratory Physician at Central Middlesex Hospital, where she was also Director of Undergraduate Clinical Studies. 

Fiona’s postgraduate education work included developing "one year in one place" rotations for junior doctors, setting up London's Specialty Schools and devising the first Darzi Fellowship Programme. She was the founding Editor of the BMJ Journal Quality and Safety Care and until recently was the Editor in Chief of the Postgraduate Medical Journal.

Dr Vimal Sriram
Deputy Theme Lead, Collaborative Learning and Capacity Building Theme and Director of Allied Health Professionals at University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust.

Vimal is an Occupational Therapist and read for his MSc in Evidence Based Healthcare and DPhil in Populational Health at the University of Oxford. 

Vimal has been a NICE Fellow (2015-2018), is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and regularly lectures on translating health policy into practice and applied health research for MSc programs in Imperial College London.

Vimal has experience in capacity building for quality improvement and has a keen interest in digital health, research using mixed-methods, eLearning, mentoring and developing future AHPs. Vimal is part of the BAME OT network, a fitness to practice panel member for the HCPC, a member of the Research & Development Board at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, reviewer for the WHO dementia knowledge exchange platform and a Trustee for the Dementia Adventure charity.

Dr Rowan Myron

Education and Improvement Leader Fellowship Lead 

Academic Career Development Lead


Rowan is the Education Lead in the Collaborative Learning and Capacity Building theme, working two days a week for NIHR ARC Northwest London and three days as Associate Professor of Healthcare Management at the University of West London. She is a trained psychologist and completed her PhD in Child Development at Goldsmiths College, London.

Rowan developed and continues to teach on the MSc Improvement Science and Professional Doctorate courses, using the ARC systematic approach. As the Education Lead, she directs the NIHR ARC Northwest London Improvement Leader Fellowship programme, building capacity in improvement science and supporting individuals to implement change in their workplace. She is also leading research exploring the impact of QI learning and teaching within the fellowship.

Dr Esther Kwong

Consultant in Public Health Medicine


Esther currently has a spilt role at the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) in North West London and as Specialised Commissioning Consultant at NHS England. In the ARC, Esther leads on addressing health inequalities and developing capability and learning to improve population health outcomes within North West London. Esther is the health inequalities lead for NHS Insights Prioritisation Programme in North West London. Esther brings a quality improvement approach and evaluation expertise to her work.

Esther has a Ph.D. in Health Services Research from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Her thesis was on the use Patient-Reported Outcomes Measures (PROMs) to evaluate the quality of acute and emergency hospital care in the NHS. She studied Medicine at Imperial College London with an intercalated BSc in Management from Imperial College Business School. She has an MSc in Public Health from LSHTM. Esther has a keen interest in improving the quality of health care, the effectiveness of health services, on developing ways to measure relevant outcomes for patients and populations.

Before joining the ARC, Esther worked as a Public Health doctor at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, The Health Foundation, in LSHTM, in local and national government, and at Public Health England.

Prior to specialising in Public Health Medicine, Esther worked as a doctor in the NHS; she was a National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow at NHS England and the Department of Health and was also on the Academic Foundation Programme at Imperial College London's Department of Primary Care and Public Health. Esther is an Honorary Assistant Professor at LSHTM and an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Imperial College London. She is an Assessor for Public Health on the University of London Examiners Board.

Nick Hewlett

Education and Research Officer


Nick joined the Collaborative Learning and Capacity Building theme in September 2022 as an Education and Research Officer. 

His role with NIHR ARC Northwest London is to support the theme’s training and learning activities to help build capacity for health improvement and research, as well as actively contribute to research in the Collaborative Learning and Capacity Building Theme.