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Healthcare research that ignites physios’ passion given green light

9 August 2013 - 4:20pm

Pioneering health researchers in England will receive funding awards worth a total of £124 million, the Department of Health announced today.


CSP director of practice and development Natalie Beswetherick: 'This is research into areas that physiotherapists are passionate about'

The CSP welcomed the news that 13 research teams will benefit from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) awards. The teams, which won an open competition to look at ways of improving NHS services, will spend five years on their projects.

Natalie Beswetherick, CSP director of practice and development, said: ‘This is research into areas that physiotherapists are passionate about. Physiotherapists have an important role in all these areas and provide added value.’

Some research teams will focus on improving the diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Others will aim to reduce people’s risk of developing dementia through promoting exercise or will attempt to reduce pressures on A&E.

Known as NIHR Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC), the winning teams will address long-term conditions and public health challenges.

One winning team, CLAHRC West, is based in the west of England and is a collaboration between University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust and other trusts in the region. Clinical commissioning groups and local authorities are also involved.

CLAHRC West has been awarded £9 million for projects that include investigations into chronic conditions such as rheumatism and arthritis, and public health initiatives such as encouraging people to be more active.

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