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

Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire
University of Nottingham

Capturing Impacts

CLAHRC-NDL are piloting a new way of capturing impacts which aims to make it easier for academics and clinicians to demonstrate the impacts of their work. 

Using definitions for both the NIHR and for the REF, we are building a data capture tool (based on the successful model used by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CLAHRC) which will link studies, projects, outputs and impacts (potential as well as actual). Once the model has been agreed by our Board, and the data captured from the studies, we will be in a position to share it more widely with other CLAHRCs.

As an example, our CATO study (Consensus Assessment and Treatment Outcome Measures) aims to develop consensus across all providers on the implementation of standardised assessment and outcome measures for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). A feasibility study to develop ‘real time’ feedback to clinicians from service users will provide data for outputs, whilst the development of a CQUIN for two measures will be a clear impact.

Our newly launched Research into Practice Placements (11 Allied Health Professionals seconded for 1 day a week for 3 months to carry out practice-based research relevant to their team and patients) will provide us with several impacts. One immediate impact is the increase in research capacity in the NHS, while potential impacts (we hope) will include benefits to patients’ experience and outcomes, documented changes in service delivery, and possibly even changes to commissioning.

We have also been working with all the local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to help them with the research element of their authorisation process, and have co-produced a ‘helping hand’ document which the CCGs can use ‘as is’ or use as a basis for a later discussion about research priorities. This is a tangible impact on commissioning, and is a potential impact for increasing research capacity in the NHS. More importantly for us, the process of assisting the CCGs has helped to embed the CLAHRC in the NHS research and commissioning landscape.

Posted on Wednesday 14th March 2012

Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care - Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire


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