People in Leicestershire are set to benefit from a £9 million cash injection aimed at improving residents’ health and well-bring by speeding up the adoption of cutting-edge healthcare research and innovation.
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) funding will enable more vital work to take place to tackle the region’s health and care priorities, putting in place more evidenced-based frameworks to drive up standards of care and save both time and money.
As a result of the funding boost, NIHR CLAHRC (Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care) East Midlands will continue until at least 2024.
The organisation is a partnership of health and social care universities, industry, the voluntary sector and patients which sets out to improve patient outcomes by turning research into cost-saving and high-quality care through cutting-edge innovation.
With bases at the University of Nottingham and University of Leicester, it will continue under the new name of NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (ARC) East Midlands from October 1 and will also have a remit to lead nationally on research into black and minority ethnic communities and multi-morbidity thanks to its expertise in these areas.
Professor Kamlesh Khunti, Director of the NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands and Professor of Primary Care, Diabetes and Vascular Medicine at the University of Leicester, said: “Receiving this funding means we can continue to lead world class, applied health research and build on the successes we have already achieved in speeding up the adoption of research and innovation into frontline health and care.
“We will share our knowledge nationally and collaborate with colleagues as we all collectively work towards improving the lives of people through research.”
ARC East Midlands will be hosted by Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and work in collaboration with the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network.
Mark Howells is Head of Research and Evidence at Nottinghamshire Healthcare. He said: “The research and innovation facilitated by this collaboration is making a real difference to patients with a wide variety of physical and mental health problems.
“The more we can innovate the more we can implement brand new treatments and strategies, which really improve lives.”
Work carried out by NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands includes helping to prevent type 2 diabetes by embedding an education programme designed to help people avoid the condition.
In April last year, the organisation also continued to support the roll out of a risk score for type 2 diabetes in South Asian languages with the release of a Punjabi version following Gujarati and Bangladeshi versions.
Other successes include implementing and assessing an online tool that assists diagnosing children with ADHD, lowering NHS costs by 22 per cent and cutting delays to diagnosis by 145 days.
The funding is part of a £135 million commitment to drive improvements to healthcare by helping to embed the learning from research into the front line of healthcare sooner.