Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


NIHR ARC North Thames

NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) North Thames develops innovative research that meets the most pressing health and care needs of our local and national communities, and quickly put 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.

We are working to:

  • 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

Who are the ARC North Thames?

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

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. Learn more about our partners.

More about NIHR 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.

The NIHR ARC North Thames is one of 15 ARCs across England, part of a £135 million investment by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to improve the health and care of patients and the public. The NIHR is the nation's largest funder of health and care research and provides the people, facilities and technology that enables research to thrive.

Visit the ARC North Thames website