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The Yorkshire Cluster

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care, South Yorkshire (CLAHRC SY), is a partnership between University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University, and NHS, and is one of nine CLAHRCs in the UK. The CLAHRCs were introduced in response to recognized gaps in the translation of health research into new products and treatment approaches, and in the implementation of new approaches to clinical practice. They are designed to improve patient outcomes through applied health research and local implementation of the results. A key theme for the South Yorkshire CLAHRC is ICT home care technologies for management of Long Term Conditions such as Diabetes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. CLAHRC believes that people with long term conditions should be supported in taking an active role in their self management. This theme involves use of technologies to support self management, self efficacy, independence and well-being.
Sheffield Hallam University
The South Yorkshire CLAHRC has worked closely with the Yorkshire and Humber Strategic Health Authority (SHA) and the Advanced Digital Institute to develop a regional ICT healthcare strategy, and is particularly interested in the developing appropriate, pragmatic yet robust methods of evaluating the effectiveness and overall impact of the region’s ICT healthcare services.


Airedale NHS Foundation Trust is an award winning hospital in West Yorkshire providing acute, elective and specialist care. The Trust provides high quality, personalized healthcare for a population of over 200,000 people from a widespread area covering 500 square miles within Yorkshire and Lancashire. Airedale NHS Foundation Trust has supported the development of a leading patient record system, SystemOne, and has taken the lead in providing remote consultations via video conferencing systems to patients in prisons throughout the UK. Airedale is now piloting remote consultations via TV-based video telephony services to diabetes patients in their own homes. The Yorkshire and Humber SHA has commissioned a regional Telehealth Programme with Airedale in partnership with Hull University, Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust, and Barnsley Primary Care Trust that will start deployment in Summer 2011. The Telehealth Hub is a unique partnership bringing together primary care, secondary care and commissioning, to deliver a range of 24/7 Telehealth services, which include: Telemedicine, Telemonitoring and Telecoaching.

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ADI - Advanced Digital Institute is a not-for-profit SME set up to increase innovation and R&D in the Yorkshire region. ADI initiated and lead a project to develop Airedale’s diabetes Telehealth services, and has helped Yorkshire-based ICT healthcare equipment suppliers to start to address the NHS market. ADI sees the nascent ICT Healthcare industry as a great opportunity for the Yorkshire economy, and is working closely with the NHS Strategic Health Authority, the South Yorkshire CLAHRC, and technology and service providers to address this opportunity. ADI is also chairing an industry forum as part of an economic and business modelling work stream for the University of Leeds within a national Telehealth Research Programme supported by the UK Technology Strategy Board and lead by the University of Sheffield.

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Bradford Metropolitan District Council is the 4th largest local authority in England covering a population of 506,800. It has a mix of densely populated urban areas with more rural and semi-rural areas in the north and west. The authority is a large multi-service organisation with some 17,000 employees and annual revenue expenditure in excess of £500m. It has a history of innovation in public health since the 19th century, and is both a provider of care and joint commissioner of healthcare. Bradford is also part of a wider City Region with a population of almost 3 million, a resident workforce of £1.2m, 100,000 businesses and an economy worth £45bn per year. Although Bradford will be the responsible authority it will draw on the resources, capacity and capability of the wider City Region to support the project. Bradford has a track record of achievement in economic development going back over the past 30 years It worked has closely with the Advanced Digital Institute since its inception in 2005 and with Airedale NHS Foundation Trust to support the development and deployment of Telehealth services. Both organisations are located within the District.

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Project Data

  • Project Name:
    Regional ICT based Clusters for Healthcare Applications and R&D Integration
  • Start/End Date:
    Sep. 2010 - Aug. 2013
  • Project Coordinator:
    Regione Toscana (Italy)
  • Scientific Coordinator:
    Signo Motus s.r.l. (Italy)
  • Consortium:
    15 partners
    (IT, SE, UK, PL)
  • Call:
    FP7 Capacities –
    Region of Knowledge –
  • Project costs:
    € 3.381.262

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