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.