University of Hertforshire research staff photo by Pete StevensCapacity development in CLAHRC East of England is led by Professor Claire Goodman (UoH).

Research capacity development is a major component of CLAHRC East of England’s work. The aim is to equip clinical and non-clinical staff to scrutinise and question the way things are done, to welcome innovation, ensuring more rapid diffusion and adoption of evidence-based best practice. To achieve this, the CLAHRC invests in education and research skills training; supports the dissemination of research findings that are directly relevant to practice; promotes and sustains engagement with, and support for, practitioners, managers and commissioners; has created academic apprenticeships in mental health and primary care; and mentors and supports emergent and future research leaders from health and social care. We also hold capacity building events including one-off events supporting capacity in under-researched areas or areas where there is limited experience of cross-CLAHRC working.   The CLAHRC East of England is the national lead for the NIHR-funded Doctoral Training Centres in dementia care research and supports funded PhD studentships in all the CLAHRC themes. We use mixed models of funding, both internally funded and also funded through NIHR and charity funders, and individualised mentorship will be provided to those identified as suitable candidates.

CLAHRC East of England offers CLAHRC Fellowships every year. Eighty-one CLAHRC Fellowships have been awarded since the Fellowship started in 2011. The focus of the Fellowship programme is on local applied research and evaluation projects, building local capacity for evidence-informed practice, and facilitating networking across health and social care. The Fellows are funded by the CLAHRC for one day a week for a year. The key aim of the Fellowship is to make the programme valuable to the individual Fellow and their employing organisation. The CLAHRC Fellowship programme is led by Dr Christine Hill.

 

Current capacity building activities

For those thinking about a career in research CLAHRC East of England runs a range events that provide information about funding options and support for would-be applicants to develop and refine their research ideas. Currently we are offering:

  • CLAHRC EoE partner, the University of East Anglia, is pleased to announce that it is one of 10 institutions that has been awarded a contract to run a fully funded MSc in Clinical Research for non-medical practitioners. This course is funded by Health Education England and administered by the National Institute for Health Research. Funding is for course fees and backfill salary costs. If you are interested in applying for the course please find out more about it here.
  • A CLAHRC EoE residential Boot Camp was also held in the autumn of 2015. The two-day event provided participants with support to develop a funding application, opportunities to meet and learn from researchers that have awarded and received career funding from NIHR and other leading health charities. Participants also had the experience of presenting their research ideas to peers and experts.

For further information on the CLAHRC fellowship programme and PhDs see Capacity Building – FAQ’s, 

Opportunities and Vacancies – for current opportunities, or email clahrcoffice@cpft.nhs.uk