The Centre for Integrated Health Care Research provides an academic interface for health care professionals. Our work is based on clinical research, particularly around the management of patients across the primary/secondary care interface. The Centre provides research training and mentoring and is funded to facilitate academic development to primary care professionals, particularly from the Durham locality. We work closely with NHS research bodies, and we have partnerships with Acute Trusts and Primary Care Trusts. Much of the centre's research is in clinical problems such as gastroenterology, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. This research recognises wealth and deprivation as determinants of health and much of our work is based on early detection of disease, effective evidence based management and interventions which can be applied internationally. We collaborate with NHS partners and other academic departments, as active members of the Wolfson Research Institute, which facilitates interdisciplinary research.
CIHCR includes the Research Design Service, Durham Clinical Trial Unit, The Evaluation Research and Development Unit (ERDU, led by Prof Greg Rubin), The Obesity Related Behaviours Research Group (ORB, led by Prof Carolyn Summerbell) and The Mental Health Research Group (led by Prof Joe Reilly).
Within CIHCR, the RDS team offer advice and methodological support for research groups seeking funding in applied health research. The DCTU provides support to clinicians and academics, collaborating in funded studies. We encourage colleagues to look at our website www.rds-ne.nihr.ac.uk/ and to contact us to discuss their ideas by contacting Suzanne Sanders or by email email@example.com. The DCTU is currently supporting 4 NIHR funded studies in gastroenterology and breast cancer. For further details about CIHCR contact Alexandra Motley.