National Institute for Health Research
Collaboration for Leadership in
Applied Health Research and Care

East Midlands
University of Nottingham

Our mission

The overarching aim of CLAHRC East Midlands is to improve health outcomes across the region (Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland). 

The population of the East Midlands is characterized by ethnic, cultural and geographic diversity and by large disparities in economic prosperity and health outcomes between communities. Priorities for regional health providers and commissioners reflect specific local challenges and national priorities (see 'East Midlands research priorities' below).

Health issues, such as the prevalence of smoking, coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, asthma, kidney disease, diabetes, mental health issues and obesity are examples of universal health concerns that have particular resonance in areas where rates are above the national average.

A particular consideration in commissioning and delivering health care is the varied needs of the sizeable ethnic communities in some areas. The East Midlands is one of the UK's fastest growing regions, with higher than average rates of chronic illness, and marked socio-economic diversity. Over 17 percent of the population are aged 65 and over, with 8.5 percent represented by ethnic minority communities.

Over the next five years we aim to deliver world class research, health service improvement, better patient outcomes and improved public health.

Working with our partners, we will ensure that lessons learned are put into practice quickly with a focus on delivering safe, high quality, patient centred care. By adding life to years as well as years to life, we will make the East Midlands a healthier place to live.

CLAHRC East Midlands objectives Core objectives of CLAHRC East Midlands  
East Midlands Factfile East Midlands health facts 

How we will achieve it

Our strategies for knowledge translation will include working with the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN), Strategic Clinical Networks, research centres and CLAHRCs, as well as NHS and other health providers. 

CLAHRC East Midlands will create an international centre of excellence to deliver a large volume of high-quality applied health research of local and national relevance through partner contributions, at relatively low cost to the NIHR, and build strength and capacity for world-class research within the East Midlands. Most importantly, our work 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.

Embedding CLAHRC EM research through Knowledge Transfer CLAHRC-EM-Knowledge-Transfer

East Midlands research priorities

Prevalence of Long Term Conditions (LTC) in the East Midlands East Midlands research priorities
According to data from the NHS Commissioning Board, in 2012 the East Midlands had higher rates of coronary disease, stroke, hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic disease and obesity than the rest of England. Rates of mental illness, dementia, diabetes mellitus and depression were in line with national averages.

NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands


Diabetes Research Centre
College of Medicine, Biological Sciences & Psychology
Leicester General Hospital
Gwendolen Road

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