Our applied research is designed to solve practical problems faced by local health and social care services. The aim is to help local NHS and social care services offer excellent care, based on sound evidence. 

We also provide a range of training to develop the skills needed to put research evidence into practice.  

Tackling health inequalities and multimorbidities in south London and beyond

 

This film was used used as in our bid to the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to become ARC South London. 

Our areas of research

We aim to conduct research that delivers clear evidence to people who commission and provide health and social care. This evidence will help to inform decisions about how health and social care is delivered.   

ARC South London has seven core areas of research. They are:

  • alcohol – tackling the impact on public health from harmful drinking
  • children and young people – improving care for children with complex needs and disabilities
  • maternity and perinatal mental health – addressing health inequities among women from vulnerable groups
  • palliative and end of life care – improving the quality, availability and cost-effectiveness of palliative care
  • patient and public involvement (PPI) research – understanding and strengthening PPI practice in health and social care
  • public health and multimorbidity – understanding and developing interventions to address multimorbidity
  • social care – understanding the value of day services for people with multiple complex conditions.

These research themes are supported by a dedicated applied informatics team – who use the latest technologies and big data systems to analyse population health – and an economics and biostatistics team. 

We also have experts in implementation science who are developing ways to help researchers, NHS managers and commissioners to effectively implement complex health and social care interventions.

In addition, ARC South London has been asked by the NIHR to provide joint national leadership (with ARC East of England) in mental health, and palliative and end of life care. In this joint leadership role, ARC South London will aim to drive national collaborations and changes in practice.

Our funding and background

We are funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the nation's largest funder of health and care research and provides the people, facilities and technology that enables research to thrive.

We are one of 15 NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs) across England, each doing applied research in their region that addresses the needs of local people and systems. 

Our funding runs for five years from 1 October 2019, and is part of a £135 million investment to improve the health and care of patients and the public. 

Our research builds on the work carried out by NIHR CLAHRC South London between 2014 and 2019. Read about the impact of the CLAHRC’s research on health and care services. 

About NIHR ARCs

Each NIHR ARC is made up of local providers of NHS services, local providers of care services, NHS commissioners, local authorities, universities, private companies and charities. These collaborations work together to conduct high quality, generalisable, applied health and care research that addresses the specific health or care issues in their region.

NIHR ARCs also act to close the “second translational gap” and increase the rate at which research findings are implemented into practice.

The 15 ARCs work collaboratively to address national research priorities, with individual ARCs providing national leadership in their areas of expertise. 

ARC South London is providing national leadership (with ARC East of England) in mental health, and palliative and end of life care.

About the NIHR 

NIHR's mission is to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. The NIHR was established in 2006 and is primarily funded by the Department of Health and Social Care. 

Working in partnership with the NHS, universities, local government, other research funders, patients and the public, the NIHR delivers and enables world-class research that transforms people’s lives, promotes economic growth and advances science.