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

East Midlands
University of Nottingham

Knowledge translation and getting research into practice 

The overarching aim of CLAHRC East Midlands (EM) is to improve health outcomes across the region. By carrying out high quality applied research, it is the CLAHRC vision that we will improve the health of the East Midlands population and enable them to live healthier for longer.

CLAHRC EM has been funded to deliver world-class, evidence based research, health service improvement, better patient outcomes and improved public health. Working with our NHS partners, we will ensure that lessons learned are put into practice quickly with a focus on delivering safe, high quality, patient centred care. 


It is well known that research evidence does not easily 'get' into practice - hence why the CLAHRCs were funded. It is also well known that the easiest way to get research into practice is to 'design in' implementation, from the start of the research study. Implementation (defined as "getting something into practice") doesn't just happen; it isn't a 'bolt-on' at the end of a project, but is a set of deliberate, evidenced decisions that are made throughout the lifetime of the study (and beyond).

Guide to implementing change

We have produced an evidence based synthesis of implementation learning and literature, written with the aim of demystifying some of the more ‘inaccessible’ academic theory on implementation.

A limited amount of printed copies are available from Implementing Evidence and Improvements (IEI) theme manager Emma Rowley:

The accompanying discussion generator can be accessed through Implementing Change workshops, which are offered to all CLAHRC themes, studies and partners as part of the knowledge translation and capacity development work carried out by the IEI theme.

Please contact Emma Rowley to arrange this.

PDF icon  Download our Guide to Implementing Change

Knowledge translation strategy

The CLAHRC EM implementation model recognises that key to getting evidence based research into practice is to understand the local context into which the evidence is to be implemented.

Our approach emphasises the importance of working with health and social care partners.

PDF icon  Our Knowledge Translation Strategy outlines how we do this.

CLAHRC EM Guide to Implementing Change Implementing-change-booklet

Knowledge Brokers

A knowledge broker is a person who acts as an intermediary between research and practice, to facilitate the translation of research outputs into the clinical environment, and to bring front-line clinical knowledge into research studies.

Our What are Knowledge Brokers? leaflet provides a brief overview of the role as well as the benefits to individuals and organisations. For a more comprehensive introduction:

PDF iconDownload our 'Being a Knowledge Broker' handbook


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