The Centre for Health service and Academic Partnership in Translational E-Health Research (CHAPTER) is one of four E-Health Informatics Research Centres funded by the Medical Research Council, in partnership with Arthritis Research UK, the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, the Economic and Social Research Council, The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, The National Institute of Health Research, the National Institute for Social Care and Health Research (Welsh Assembly Government), the Chief Scientist Office (Scottish Government Health Directorates) and the Wellcome Trust.
£19m of funding for the Centres was announced by the Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts in August, and they will open in late 2012.
Our vision is to bring together the world-class clinical science, informatics expertise and educational strengths of our partners to drive the next generation of population-wide translational research. We seek to establish an international centre of excellence in innovative health informatics research to maximise translational impact from discovery through trials to clinical practice, service delivery, patient outcomes and public health.
Harnessing the tripartite mission of partner organisations, CHAPTER will integrate service, research and education. It will drive data integration across clinical conditions, in primary and secondary care, to improve clinical practice and transform the relationship between clinician, patient and citizen and their health data. CHAPTER will realise this vision by delivering four interwoven aims.
- To establish research programmes spanning the translational cycle, exploiting our nationally leading informatics strengths in areas of major clinical and public health importance.
- To develop innovative underpinning methodological approaches to the health informatics data cycle, central to high quality patient care and translational research particularly where we can scale innovation and add value to the wider UK Centre Network.
- To drive a step change in capacity development, through strategic development across partner organisations of training and career opportunities for clinicians, those in technical and enabling roles, and the wide range of academic disciplines relevant to health informatics research.
- To promote a new culture of engagement between the public, patients, clinicians and researchers based on joint development of consent models and electronic health record (EHR) research to improve patient care and public health.
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