Two UK universities working in partnership with their surrounding NHS hospitals are to receive GBP 18 million to improve care for major conditions including depression, dementia, stroke, and childhood obesity.
The new National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) collaborations between Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and Nottingham University, and between Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust and the University of Cambridge, will start work on 1 October 2008
Each collaboration will see the universities and their NHS organisations test new treatments and new ways of working in specific clinical areas, to see if they are effective and appropriate for everyday use in the health service.
Professor Sally Davies, director general of research and development at the Department of Health, said: “The NIHR Collaborations for Health Research and Care represent an exciting and innovative partnership between universities and the NHS.
“They will be conducting this work at the front line of the NHS so that the benefits and findings from research can be swiftly incorporated into routine clinical practice.”
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