About ARC North Thames

Who we are l Our work

The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) is the nation's largest funder of health and care research and provides the people, facilities and technology that enables research to thrive.

NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs) support applied health and care research that responds to the needs of local populations and local health and care systems.

NIHR ARC North Thames is one of 15 ARCs across England, part of a £135 million investment by the NIHR to improve the health and care of patients and the public.


What we do

ARC North Thames develops innovative research that meets the most pressing health and care needs of our local and national communities, and quickly puts 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.

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), our Academic Health Service Network (AHSN), our region’s NHS and local authority (LA) organisations and communities, industry and charities.

We are hosted by Barts Health NHS Trust and part of UCLPartners Academic Health Science Partnership, which brings together clinical and academic organisations working across the translational innovation pipeline – from discovery and evaluation through to adoption and spread – to improve population health.

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.


Our vision

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.


More about ARCs across England

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.

Each NIHR ARC is made up of local providers of NHS services, local providers of care services, NHS commissioners, local authorities, universities, private companies and charities. These collaborations work together to conduct high quality, generalisable, applied health and care research that addresses the specific health or care issues in their region.

NIHR ARCs also act to close the second translational gap and increase the rate at which research findings are implemented into practice.

The 15 ARCs work collaboratively to address national research priorities, with individual ARCs providing national leadership in their areas of expertise.

ARCs will build on the success of Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs).

Our partners

NIHR ARC North Thames works with a wide range of stakeholders including universities, NHS trusts, CCGs, Local Authorities, patients and the public, charities and industry.