CLAHRC success

16th August 2019

CLAHRC South London now National Lead for palliative/end of life care and mental health

The Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South London has won a bid to the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) for £9 million over the next five years. It will  become the Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) South London.

Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) South London

NIHR ARC South London becomes one of 15 ARCs undertaking research in public health and primary care. ARC South London and ARC East of England will be National Leads in Palliative and End of Life Care and Mental Health.

Institute Director Professor Irene Higginson, lead of the palliative and end of life care theme, said:

“I am delighted by this news.  We will continue our work to improve care and outcomes for the communities of South London. Local patients and families’ views drive our efforts and have helped us develop our plans.”

NIHR’s support will drive the use of outcome measures in routine practice.  This will help staff make better decisions, understand clusters and treat multimorbidity effectively.  This will benefit people with serious and advanced illness and allow researchers to develop and evaluate improved care and therapies. The work will lead to innovative models of care.  It will improve access to cost-effective, high-quality palliative and end of life care.

Marion Sumerfield, patient representative, said:

“Cicely Saunders Institute’s research is vitally important to ensure people at the end of life (and their families) are offered the best clinical support and compassionate understanding when they need it most. I am so glad that this bid has been secured in order that their work can continue.”