About the Applied Research Collaboration Kent, Surrey and Sussex (ARC KSS)
This studentship is linked to the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Kent, Surrey and Sussex which aims to develop applied health and social care research across the region for the benefit of patients and the public.
The National Institute for 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, and meets, the needs of local populations and local health and care systems. The NIHR ARC Kent, Surrey and Sussex (ARC KSS) 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.
About NIHR ARCs
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.
NIHR ARC KSS supports applied health and care research that responds to, and meets, the needs of local populations and local health and care systems. The ARC KSS will focus on regional challenges including:
- Significant social deprivation, mainly located in our coastal towns
- Numerous GP practice closures resulting in a high GP to patient ratios
- Higher than average children in care, unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, and young people with self-harm and emotional problems
- A higher proportion of older people
- The highest concentration of people with dementia in the UK