25 June 2019

Dr Clare Thomas has been appointed Research Fellow in Health Service Implementation at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Evaluation of Interventions at the University of Bristol, a joint post with NIHR CLAHRC West.

In this role, Dr Thomas will be working with the research teams at the HPRU and the CLAHRC to support research implementation and knowledge mobilisation activities.  

The aim of the role is to promote the adoption of research evidence into policy and practice so that research findings have the greatest possible impact on the health and well-being of patients and the public. 

Dr Thomas is a chartered psychologist specialising in health and behaviour change and has many years’ experience conducting applied health research. 

She said: “I am excited to have the opportunity to work with the talented researchers at both the HPRU in Evaluation of Interventions and NIHR CLAHRC West to help translate research evidence into policy and practice. 

“Bridging the gap between academics on the one hand, and clinicians, patients and policy makers on the other is a long-standing challenge. There is great work already under way in both teams, who have fantastic links with local health and social care partners. My aim is to build on this in my new role.”

Further information

About the NIHR HPRU in Evaluation of Interventions at the University of Bristol

The Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Evaluation of Interventions, based in Population Health Sciences at the University of Bristol, is part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and a partnership between University of Bristol and Public Health England (PHE), in collaboration with University College London, Cambridge Medical Research Council (MRC) Biostatistics Unit and University of the West of England. We are a multidisciplinary team undertaking applied research on the development and evaluation of interventions to protect the public’s health. Our aim is to support PHE in delivering its objectives and functions. Our focus is on the PHE priority area of infection. Follow us on Twitter: @HPRU_EI


The NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care West (NIHR CLAHRC West) conducts applied health research and implements research evidence, across the West of England, nationally and internationally. Its researchers work with partner health provider organisations, including local NHS and public health, the wider health and care sector and other CLAHRCs and academic groups. Its research has real-world application to improve health and healthcare, across the West and further afield.