We are proud of our close relationships with our NHS partners and patients, with this partnership formalised through the Primary Care Research Consortium. The Primary Care Research Consortium is a collaboration with local primary care commissioners and providers of health care in North Staffordshire and Stoke. This collaboration brings together the School and our local NHS primary/community care providers and commissioners to deliver a joint research strategy supporting engagement, design and implementation of research in everyday clinical practice.
Our high research impact (REF rated 90% of our research impact to be world-leading) is underpinned by this strong long-standing partnership approach and has led to many innovative joint clinical academic posts, supporting a programme training clinicians in research methods and evidence-based practice.
The School of Primary, Community and Social Care includes the 'Primary Care Versus Arthritis' (competitively awarded in 2008, and renewed in 2013) leading our extensive programme of primary care research. Our research portfolio is further enhanced through membership of the NIHR School of Primary Care Research (competitively awarded in 2009 and renewed in 2014) and collaboration with other members of this group, and membership of the Collaboration for Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) West Midlands.
We support stakeholders in translating evidence into practice, with a dedicated Impact Accelerator Unit working alongside our NHS consortium partners and regional/national bodies such as the West Midlands Health Science Network, NICE, Wellcome Trust, Public Health England, and professional groups such as the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
We are also a member of the West Midlands Social Work Teaching Partnership which is comprised of 14 local authorities in the West Midlands and children's and adults services, along with 8 universities drawn from across the region. The partnerships if jointly funded by the Department for Education and the Department of Health through Coventry University, who acts as the lead authority. It has a number of strategic objectives, which include the creation of a consistent approach to professional education in social work, grounded in a commitment to inter-agency training and collaboration, along with shared strategic planning and a commitment to improvement with university platforms.