This week's seminar was given by Professor Derek Bell, who spoke on the NW London CLAHRC programme.
The North-West London CLAHRC is an alliance of academic and healthcare organisations working to develop and promote a more efficient, accelerated and sustainable uptake of clinically innovative and cost-effective research interventions into patient care. Patients expect high standards of care and treatment wherever and whenever they access the NHS. There is a need for new evidence to be implemented more rapidly to deliver better care and better outcomes. The Cooksey report identified the implementation of new products and approaches into clinical practice as the second gap in the translation of health research and called for a systematic approach to the adoption of new interventions. The High Level Group Report on Clinical Effectiveness (2007) identified a number of the challenges facing the successful implementation of effective and efficient clinical care. These include identifying the structure, staffing and skills needed to deliver clinical effectiveness; engagement of clinicians, managers and patients across the local health economy; providing a voice for clinical quality at a strategic level and through professional bodies; and education and training for clinicians, healthcare professionals and managers in evidence based practice and change management.