Capacity Building

CLAHRC NWC is building research capacity in the region by supporting and developing research ideas, projects and researchers in the partner organisations. 

This is being achieved in a number of ways including a research internship scheme, supporting postgraduate research degrees, career development and mapping available research courses across the three partner Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). 




These opportunities have been offered and taken up by partner organisations across the region.  Partners such as NHS Trusts, Local Authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups are supporting their staff to complete research projects that are important to their patients, clients and communities. 

Projects must address health inequalities and support the priorities of the CLAHRC NWC. 

Supervision for the interns is provided by the partners and universities, and a programme of training is delivered to equip them with the skills and knowledge required to complete their research project.  The internship also provides an opportunity to display research findings at a showcase event that is open for all the partners to attend.    


CLAHRC NWC is supporting over twenty full-time PhD studentships that span all the research themes.  As with the internships, these projects must address health inequalities and support the priorities of the CLAHRC NWC.  Projects are focussing on health and wellbeing issues that affect patient populations, neighbourhoods and individuals.  Students are supported and encouraged to engage with all the support provided by the NIHR, and to contribute to public engagement with the local communities. 

CASE STUDY: Read about CLAHRC NWC PhD student Cath Lunt and her project:  Researching the Role of Day Care Facilities to Help Reduce Health Inequalities

ARTICLE: Becoming an Expert: Sarah Allen on doctor-patient communication (as also featured in the British Psychosocial Oncology Society Newsletter Issue 7 2016).


Courses and Modules

Lists of the courses and modules available at each of the three CLAHRC NWC university partners can be viewed below:

Postgraduate courses in Health Research 2018/19


Career Development

Work at one of our Partner organisations and want to do an Academic Research Internship? Then read this.

CLAHRC NWC recently contributed to the report authored by NIHR CLAHRCs Yorkshire & Humber and North West London - Mapping Research Capacity activities in the CLAHRC community: supporting non-medical professionals. The report maps the role of the NIHR CLAHRCs in England as they seek to support, develop and sustain Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals (NMAHPs) as clinical academics and provides insight into successful models of capacity building and recommendations for further development.

The report and executive summary are available on the CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber’s website and the CPP database

We are also planning Capacity Building events for both students and staff in order to showcase and develop capacity building opportunities.