Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC)

Principal Investigator: Professor Derek Bell

Business School Investigator: Professor James Barlow

Funder: National Institute for Health Research

Duration: January 2014 – December 2018


CLARHC combines a series of research projects that have a direct impact on the health and well-being of patients by combining university health researchers, NHS and social service workers and patients to develop evidence based techniques and tools that improve the lives of patients and lead to a  better and more effective NHS and social care service.  The project utilises research across a number of delivery themes which are the vehicle for translating research into practice to improve outcomes, experience and value, combined with cross-cutting themes that provide the systematic approach to guide, facilitate and evaluate this translation and build research and improvement capacity across staff groups and organisations.

Imperial College Business School is leading the Improvement Science and Quality Improvement theme which seeks to:

  • Evaluate how Quality Improvement (QI) methods help to apply new practices and support patient benefits
  • Learn how the application of QI tools can be improved
  • Develop ways of supporting teams to achieve long term success
  • Support the spread and transfer of knowledge between various teams.

Working closely with all of the stakeholders involved in implementing QI we map processes, test and adapt interventions, encourage dialogue between patients and professionals, monitor progress and look at ways to support long term success. By sharing experiences of QI across teams we can learn valuable lessons that can be applied in various settings.

Outputs & Impact