Health research in Oxford and the Thames Valley gets £18m boost

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Health researchers in Oxford and the Thames Valley have been awarded £18m to explore how to deliver services to those in greatest need.

Oxford Collaboration for Applied Health Research and Care said it would use the cash to research areas where there is the highest use of NHS services.

Its focus will include elderly patients with acute hospital care needs and those with chronic illnesses.

It has been part-funded by National Institute for Health Research.

The project has also received matched funding from a combination of other services, including local authorities and the University of Oxford.

Oxford Collaboration for Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) said the aim of the research will be "to develop new ways of providing services and supporting patient self-management, as well further developing integration of services across organisational boundaries".

"In addition to conducting research, a core aim will be to facilitate rapid implementation of evidence-based changes for the benefit of patients."

CLAHRC added the project had "five core themes", including trying out new technology to help people with obesity and illnesses such as Type 2 diabetes "self-manage their condition".

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