Researchers at Lancaster University are an integral part of a regional consortia awarded £9 million, part of a £124 million programme, to tackle some of the nation’s pressing health problems.
The Universities of Lancaster, Liverpool and Central Lancashire, in collaboration with the Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, have come together with NHS organisations and local authorities along the North West coast to invest a further £12.5m to support research that improves services for patients.
Researchers from across the country were invited to bid for the funding, which has been provided by the Department of Health, to address long term conditions and public health challenges.
The successful teams are now known as NIHR Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs).
As newly appointed Director of Engagement for the NIHR CLAHRC North West Coast, Professor of Sociology and Public Health at Lancaster University Jennie Popay will have a significant input into the new partnership.
Professor Popay said: “This major investment by NIHR, local universities, the NHS and local government will deliver better health and social care services.
“It will also help local authorities and their partners develop new ways of working that will improve people’s health across the north west.”