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

Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire
University of Nottingham
CLAHRC-NDL Third Sector Event September 2010

CLAHRC-NDL Third Sector Summit - September 2010

Third Sector summit

On 30th September 2010, CLAHRC-NDL brought together over 40 representatives from Third Sector organisations across the East Midlands for its first “Third Sector Summit” at the University of Nottingham’s Jubilee campus.

The summit explored how CLAHRC-NDL’s work can be utilised by Third Sector organisations and examined how these groups can become meaningfully involved in the current and future work streams related to mental health, children and young people, primary care and stroke rehabilitation. The CLAHRC will soon be recruiting an Engagement Fellow for the Third Sector, who will work to facilitate input from voluntary groups into the CLAHRC’s current and future research plans.

The session included an introduction to the CLAHRC-NDL model by the Director Prof. Graeme Currie and an introduction to the current ways of engaging stakeholders by Prof. Justine Schneider, CLAHRC Theme Lead with responsibility for Engagement, Synthesis and Dissemination. The event concluded with a lively discussion workshop where attendees were able to consider the best way to continue to develop links between the clinical and academic parts of CLAHRC-NDL and Third Sector organisations.

The Third Sector is becoming increasingly important in furthering a range of causes across the UK. In July 2010 Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service (NCVS) published a report by CLAHRC-NDL AssociatesGraham Gardener and Toni Esberger, showing the contribution of the voluntary and community sector to Nottingham’s economy as £227m. The research found that non-paid volunteers were working the equivalent of 649 full-time jobs for Nottingham, equivalent to £14m in wages.

CLAHRC-NDL Director Graeme Currie said: “The CLAHRC is all about collaboration. By working with key stakeholders, such as service users and carers or Third Sector organisations, we are better able to translate and implement our clinical findings into practice, in ways that benefit people’s lives. CLAHRC is focussed on building ‘communities of practice’ around our four clinical research themes, and we look forward to strengthening our ties with the Third Sector through our new Engagement Fellow”.

CLAHRC-NDL is an initiative between the University of Nottingham and health and social care organisations in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire which runs until 2013. Funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), its aim is to get research evidence into practice more swiftly and effectively in order to improve the quality and efficiency of services within the region; delivering better care for patients.

For more information please contact Nicola Wright on 0115 823 2403 or email  

Posted on Wednesday 29th February 2012

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


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