Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC)


Nine Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) have been established, to undertake high-quality research. Supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), and with funding from the Department of Health, they are aimed at tackling inequalities and addressing long-term health conditions.

The University of Liverpool, in partnership with the Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Lancaster University and the University of Central Lancashire, was successful in its bid to become a CLAHRC. The team, led by Professor Mark Gabbay, was awarded £9 million, as part of a £124 million programme to address the nation’s most pressing health challenges.

National Health Service (NHS), local authority and university partners along the North West coast have made a further joint investment of £12.5 million to support this ground-breaking research. CLAHRC North West will also work closely with industry, from pharmaceutical to software companies, to support their need for research-based evidence.


The CLAHRC North West collaboration will help to ensure that patients live healthier, happier lives and benefit from innovative new treatments and techniques. It has the potential to revolutionise future health care and improve services for all.

The CLAHRC NWC’s overarching aims are:

  • ensuring outputs are contributing towards reducing health inequalities by a collaborative approach
  • ensuring work is based upon the best available evidence
  • knowledge exchange supported by engagement and effective implementation


The programme will continually engage with stakeholders, such as the public, healthcare professionals, commissioners, and service users to ensure their requirements are met.

The research has a direct impact on local communities in Liverpool, supporting the city to meet major challenges in health and well-being, and improve treatment for patients.

Academic Publications Index available here

CLAHRC NWC BITES (Brokering Innovation Through Evidence) and Projects here.


CLAHRC NWC website and @clahrc_nwc for further evidence of Impact in action.