Doing things differently

The WCAHR will be a platform for a population laboratory for health research in Bradford and Leeds, stimulating research as a force for change in improving Yorkshire’s health and wellbeing as well as contributing knowledge of international significance.

What we want to do:

  • Host a population laboratory to take forward world leading applied health research, and advancing knowledge in our key research areas.
  • Encourage high quality research collaboration across a wide range of disciplines and countries and create a distinctive multidisciplinary community of practice.
  • Engage effectively with service providers which affect health and wellbeing to help set our research agenda and translate research findings.
  • Be an international exemplar of how to effectively engage with the public and service users in developing, conducting and translating applied health research.
  • Develop and consolidate the use of novel methods to conduct applied health research and in particular to evaluate policy and practice interventions.
  • Build and nurture applied health research capacity, inspiring the next generation of researchers and clinical academic leaders.

How we will do things differently:

  • Embed a system wide approach that embraces and engages with a wide range of health and social policy sectors, such as education, housing, environment, social work and transport, which directly or indirectly influence the level and distribution of health and wellbeing. This interdisciplinarity will catalyse meaningful dialogue and extract value across what are often professional and disciplinary silos.
  • Create a sense of community where people are encouraged to share and collaborate, where the boundaries are porous, where there is lots of interaction and events and where research excellence is seen as a ‘contact sport’.
  • Forge strong public, patient and other service user engagement, promoting genuine community and patient co-production of research and translation.
  • Instil a policy and practice focus, using service involvement in order to address relevant questions and promote use of findings.
  • Underpin a nimble and flexible organisation that is able to take advantage of new opportunities and collaborations and follow new unexpected routes.
  • Have dedicated creative space that is open, accessible and encourages collaboration. The CAHR will provide a space for a range of disciplines and stakeholder groups to engage and promote a culture of shared ideas generation.
  • Establish a ‘go to’ place to develop research careers, inspiring the next generation of clinicians, academics and researchers by developing research training programmes based on actual research practice and contribution to curriculum content, project supervision, intercalation opportunities and hosting medical trainees.
  • Establish a virtual research methods infrastructure to develop innovative methods for applied health research, in particular novel methods for evaluation.