New ARC will tackle health inequalities across the region






We are delighted to inform all of our stakeholders that from 1st October 2019 CLAHRC NWC will become the Applied Research Collaboration North West Coast (ARC NWC). 

This is a pioneering collaboration between universities, NHS, local government and third sector partners, which will be at the forefront of a new government initiative to tackle health inequalities across the North West Coast.  

The population of the North West Coast faces stark health inequalities. Average life expectancy can vary across local authority areas by up to 12 years, and healthy life expectancies vary by over twenty years.   

In response, funding from the National Institute for Health Research (£9 million) will be used to establish ARC NWC. Hosted by NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (LCCG), it will bring together health and social care providers, NHS commissioners, local authorities, universities, public advisers, third sector partners, the Innovation Agency (Academic Health Science Network or AHSN) and others to address disparities in the health of the region.

The research funding will help to develop health solutions for the future, enable greater independence for patients about how they manage their healthcare and improve the health of communities.

Health Minister Nicola Blackwood said: 

As the population grows and demand on the NHS increases, it is paramount we develop the next generation of technologies and improve the way we work to ensure the NHS continues to offer world-leading care. 

“The UK has a proud history of cutting edge health research and by supporting the great minds in health and social care, this funding has the potential to unlock solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing healthcare and revolutionise the way patients access treatments in the future.” 

Several universities within the collaboration will act as hubs for facilitating co-production, research innovation and implementation amongst the 50 partners already signed up. Co-produced research will take place and be implemented across South Cumbria, Lancashire, Cheshire and Merseyside. A Steering Board of senior management representatives from the collaboration’s partners and public advisers will oversee projects during the five year programme.

Mark Gabbay (pictured, left), a Liverpool GP and Professor of General Practice at The University of Liverpool, has been appointed as the Director of ARC NWC. He said: The scheme aims to support research to tackle a number of key areas of need highlighted by the NIHR Futures of Health report, including: the need to increase research in public health, social care and primary care; the challenges of an ageing society; multimorbidity; and managing the increasing demands placed on our health and care system.

“It will support the development, delivery and implementation of research into practice, enabling real and positive change for patients and the public, with an overarching focus on reducing health inequalities. We will ensure that our programmes are attuned to our partners’ priorities across the region and the needs of the varied communities they serve. We will examine existing evidence, identify areas of uncertainty and conflicting findings, undertake new research and evaluate implementation.

“Co-production’ is key to ARC NWC; projects will involve and in many cases be driven by partners and the public throughout the research life-cycle. This ensures research is relevant to local communities’ needs and shortens the delay between generating research findings and putting them into practice.”

A total of £135 million has been awarded to the 15 newly created regional Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs) across the country.  


The new scheme includes an additional £15 million to support significant cross ARC collaborations on NHS priorities, with the goal of delivering a step change in national-level impact.

ARCs have evolved from previous research investment in regional research bodies called CLAHRCs, which have established infrastructure, connections and novel methodologies to use research in tackling major challenges facing local health services. ARC will be an evolution of CLAHRCs and focus on implementation to ensure a beneficial impact on both patients and communities.

Jan Ledward, Chief Officer of Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, said: 

“Liverpool CCG is delighted to be able to host the ARC partnership for our region, which will bring together health and social care providers, universities, and the third sector to help address health inequalities, and improve people’s health in our region.”

Innovation Agency Chief Executive Dr Liz Mear said: “The Innovation Agency, which is the AHSN for the North West Coast, is delighted to be a partner and ongoing supporter of the ARC NWC. 

“The CLAHRC and the Innovation Agency have worked together on a number of programmes to improve healthcare across the region, especially in the area of stroke prevention and genomic testing.  Our work together to address and improve population health will continue to be a shared theme for the future.”

Partners signed up to the ARC NWC:

Edge Hill University

Lancaster University

Liverpool John Moores University

University of Central Lancashire

University of Liverpool

Blackburn with Darwen BC

Blackpool BC

Cheshire West and Chester Council

Cumbria County Council

Knowsley Metropoliton Borough Council

Lancashire County Council

Lancaster City Council

Liverpool City Council

Sefton Council

NHS Liverpool CCG

NHS Blackpool CCG

NHS East Lancashire CCG

NHS Southport and Formby CCG

NHS Blackburn with Darwen CCG

NHS South Sefton CCG

Vauxhall Primary Health Care (on behalf of Central Liverpool Primary Care Network)

East Lancashire Union Of GPs Limited

Wirral Primary Care networks

Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Wirral Community NHS Trust

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust

Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust 

The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust

Innovation Agency

North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Public Health England

Lancashire and Cumbria ICS (Healthier Lancasire and South Cumbria)

Mersey and Cheshire STP

Royal College of Physicians

Liverpool House of Memories (National Museums Liverpool)

Families Health and Wellbeing Consortium

Alzheimer’s Society

The Brain Charity

Randomlight Ltd

Northern Health Science Alliance NHSA

LifeStory Network (tide)

Liverpool Health Partners

Active Lancashire

Queen Square Medical Practice



More articles     Posted on: 11 July 2019