RESEARCH: A team of health researchers based at University Hospitals Bristol Foundation Trust have been given £9m by the National Institute of Health Research.

The funding is a share of £124million that the institute is distributing amongst thirteen research teams across the country over the next five years. Each team, now known as NIHR Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs), is working on projects to improve treatment for patients with long term conditions or tackle public health challenges.

The team in the West of England, now known as CLAHRC West is hosted by University Hospitals Bristol and is a collaboration of local universities, local authorities, NHS hospital trusts and clinical commissioning groups.

Director of CLAHRC West, Jenny Donovan, professor of social medicine at the University of Bristol, said: “Together we aim to ensure that the health of people in our area is as good as the best anywhere, and that the care they need is provided fairly and at the right time and place.”

This will be done by conducting research within interdisciplinary health integration teams, which will include public health and NHS specialists, applied health scientists, commissioners and patients.

The teams will be tackling issues such as reducing childhood injuries and infections, as well as improving management of chronic health conditions such as dementia, painful joints and eyesight problems.