A turning point in the success of the Institute of Mental Health was through the efforts of Professor Peter Liddle, Professor Mike Cooke Chief Executive and others. The University of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust agreed to make a joint bid for one of the pilot National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire (CLAHRC NDL). Awarded in 2008 and running until 2013 with a NIHR award amounting to over £9 million matched by funding of £10million from the NHS and University, research was being carried out on a scale that had not been previously possible at Nottingham with partners across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.
Under the leadership of Professor Graeme Currie, then Professors Rachel Munton and Richard Morriss, and hosted by Nottinghamshire Healthcare, CLAHRC NDL provided the first evidence of major success with the establishment of one of only nine of such NIHR applied research and implementation centres.
The success of CLAHRC NDL as a prestigious national research centre was pivotal in persuading the University and the Trust to move IMH from a virtual institution to its first base in the Sir Colin Campbell Building on the University of Nottingham Innovation Park, and then subsequently to its current £7 million Institute of Mental Health building.
Philosophically, CLAHRCs NDL and East Midlands piloted the concept that implementation of research into clinical practice must be user focused and co-produced from its inception through to its implementation. Through knowledge brokers (previously called diffusion fellows) and networks of practice, service users, NHS staff, and other agencies and partners such as social care or industry, projects of high importance to the NHS were developed as research. If research evidence supports implementation, services have been implemented from research into practice in 3-5 years rather than 10-20 years previously.
Other important achievements of NIHR CLAHRC NDL were:
Between 2008 and 2013 the Institute hosted the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) CLAHRC NDL (Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care - Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire) prior to the emergence in 2013 of the new CLAHRC East Midlands.
CLAHRC East Midlands has five core research themes: preventing chronic disease, managing chronic disease, enhancing mental health, caring for older people and stroke survivors and implementing evidence and improvement.
The CLAHRC - one of 13 across the country funded by the NIHR with matched funding from local partners - will create an international centre of excellence to deliver a large volume of high-quality applied health research of local and national relevance. It will work with academic, industry, NHS, third sector and patient and public partners to build strength and capacity for world-class research within the East Midlands. Most importantly, CLAHRC EM will significantly contribute to improving patient care and ensure "Healthier living for longer" for people with long term conditions, their families and carers in the East Midlands.
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More information on the new CLAHRC East Midlands.