About ARC North Thames

The National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR) is the nation's largest funder of health and care research and provides the people, facilities and technology that enables research to thrive.

NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs) support applied health and care research that responds to the needs of local populations and local health and care systems.

NIHR ARC North Thames is one of 15 ARCs across England, part of a £135 million investment by the NIHR to improve the health and care of patients and the public.


What we do

ARC North Thames develops innovative research that meets the most pressing health and social care needs of our local and national communities, and quickly puts our findings into practice for those who need it most. 

Over six million people live in our region, an ethnically diverse population living in inner city, urban and rural communities across parts of London, Bedfordshire, Essex and Hertfordshire – a total of 26 boroughs. The neighbourhoods we cover range from the sixth most affluent in England to the third most deprived.

ARC North Thames is a partnership between six leading universities (University College London, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Queen Mary University of London, London School of Economics, City and University of East London), our Academic Health Service Network (AHSN), our region’s NHS and local authority (LA) organisations and communities, industry and charities.

We are hosted by Barts Health NHS Trust and part of UCLPartners Academic Health Science Partnership, which brings together clinical and academic organisations working across the translational innovation pipeline – from discovery and evaluation through to adoption and spread – to improve population health.

Our partners include 23 acute trusts (including tertiary referral centres and district general hospitals), community and mental health trusts, and 20 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) as well as patients and local communities. Through our partnerships, and by joining forces with similar ARC partnerships across the country, we ensure our findings are widely applicable and have a national impact.

Our vision

We are working to:

  • Develop leading health service, population health and social care research that can quickly be put into practice 
  • Contribute to higher quality, fairer, better-linked services that meet complex needs and improve user outcomes and experience
  • Develop structures for research supported by:
    - thriving public, patient and community involvement
    - high quality training, mentoring and supervision of future research leaders
  • Continue to attract funding for research and implementation support and ensure our findings reach a wide range of audiences.

More about ARCs 

NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs) support applied health and care research that responds to, and meets, the needs of local populations and local health and care systems.

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.

ARCs will build on the success of Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs)

Impact and Legacy

Since October 2019, the NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs) have continued the work of the NIHR CLAHRCs (the ARC predecessors). ARCs build on the legacy of the CLAHRCS to deliver world-class research and improve services and outcomes for local and national communities. 

Read about the impact of some of our completed work

Read the Legacy of the CLAHRCs 2014-2019

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