A new partnership between Cambridge University and the National Health Service will aim to improve everyday hospital care for people with major conditions including depression, dementia, stroke and childhood mental illness.
This new Partnership will undertake high-quality applied research and develop new ways of translating research findings into improved outcomes for patients.Professor Sally Davies, Director General for Research and Development in the NHS
The University has been awarded a Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care, or CLAHRC, following the decision of an independent international panel.
The collaboration is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), linking with NHS trusts in Cambridgeshire led by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust on behalf of the Primary Care Trusts. Cambridge is one of nine Universities which will test new treatments and ways of working in specific clinical areas to see if they are effective and appropriate for everyday use. The hope is that over time this will improve standards of health care for NHS patients.
"This new Partnership will undertake high-quality applied research and develop new ways of translating research findings into improved outcomes for patients," said Professor Sally Davies, Director General for Research and Development in the NHS.
"They will be conducting work at the front line of the NHS, so that the benefits and findings from research can be swiftly incorporated into routine clinical practice."
Many departments of the University of Cambridge will be involved in the partnership, including the Department's Engineering Design Centre (EDC), the Department of Pyschiatry, Institute of Public Health and the General Practice and Primary Care Unit.
Alongside the research and high level of patient care, education and training carried out in the NIHR aims to "support outstanding individuals, working in world-class facilities, conducting leading edge research, focused on the needs of patients."