Our work

Reducing Health Inequalities

For decades, healthcare professionals and politicians have battled to bridge the gap in health status between groups, populations, and individuals that results from unequal distribution of social, environmental and economic conditions and the effect these have on people becoming ill and being able to prevent or treat illness.

Despite these efforts, it is an unpalatable truth, and one that is hard to excuse in the 21st century, that a child born in parts of the North West of England could expect to enjoy a healthy life for 17 years less than another child born just streets away. This is the reality of the health inequality in the region, where the chasm between standards in the richest and poorest wards is at its widest in the UK.

Our key areas of interest and expertise within the academic centres are highlighted by the focus of our Themes, and all focus on Health Inequalities. However through CLAHRC NWC we will work with the public, patients, carers and other stakeholders to develop and deliver projects that lie within our overall framework. That is done via the Partner Priority Programme.

Our overarching themes are:

In addition we have four Programme Themes:

Delivering Personalised Health and Care

Improving Mental Health

Improving Public Health

Managing Complex Needs

We start from the best available evidence to inform our activities, supported by the NWC ESC.

We collaborate with other CLAHRCs nationally, and the Innovation Agency regionally, on shared projects broadening our activities, while retaining our focus on reducing health inequalities.

We signpost other activity across the CLAHRCs and / or recommend other funding streams in collaboration with the NIHR Research Design Service for the North West.

We build upon existing NHS / academic partnerships that have a proven track record of using research, strengthened further by the new Innovation Agency and commissioning structures.

We build on our multidisciplinary approach, stakeholder integration and engagements with industry to accelerate the translation of research findings into service improvements and to generate wealth.