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UK sets aside £124m for health research projects

National Institute for Health Research to aims to revolutionise care

UK flagThe UK government has made £124m in funding available over the next five years to research projects looking at a range of applied healthcare topics.

The money has been made available by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and will be spread among projects that "could potentially help the development of groundbreaking treatments which could revolutionise care", according to UK Health Minister Lord Howe.

This is the latest block of money to be released under the NIHR's Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs) programme and will be used to support 13 research projects with the brief of "making a real impact on the lives of National Health Service (NHS) patients", according to the Institute.

The projects "will link the NHS, universities, and other relevant organisations providing care for patients," said UK chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies.

Researchers within the new CLAHRCs will work closely with the pharma industry, as well as software companies and medical device manufacturers.

The new projects cover a broad-range of topics, including efforts to reduce the risk of dementia through exercise and strategies to improve nutrition and health for already-diagnosed patients.

Also feature are better methods of diagnosis for conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the provision of better aftercare for stroke patients and preventing at-risk groups from developing diabetes.

Other projects aim to reduce pressures on accident and emergency (A&E) departments and will try to cut down A&E admissions in children under five and people with long-term conditions.

The Greater London CLAHRC, for example, will receive £10m - with another £12m in matched funding from trusts, universities, charities and industry partners - for projects including a medications passport, training in allergy care and a post-discharge package of services and information for COPD patients.

Meanwhile, the Greater Manchester CLAHRC, will get £10m for projects focused on supporting the improvement of physical health for people with long-term mental illness, supporting people who have had a stroke, and improving care for people with vascular long-term conditions.

"It is vital that we invest in health research, not only to create the opportunities for health research to grow - but also to help our economy thrive so we can compete in the global race," said Lord Howe.

Article by
Phil Taylor

13th August 2013

From: Research, Healthcare

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