The Centre for Health and Rehabilitation Technologies (CHaRT) is the largest multidisciplinary grouping of allied health professionals, clinical scientists, and PhD students in the UK and Ireland. The aims of ChaRT are to conduct world-leading multidisciplinary translational research that underpins evidence based practice, centred on the physical needs of people with chronic conditions, in order to improve health and wellbeing; and to transfer this knowledge to key stakeholders in order to directly impact on healthcare policy and practice.
The main focus is exploring the effects of non-pharmacological interventions to manage chronic physical problems either as a direct result of a condition or as a consequence of treatment; and the development of tools to assess and measure the effects on health and well-being. As well as dealing with the primary physical problem, research within CHaRT also focuses on the role of AHPs in secondary health promotion through research-informed patient education (e.g. changing patient behaviour), in order to enhance self-management, improve quality of life, and reduce the need for healthcare resources for the primary complaint, and any associated future comorbidity.
The activities of the CHaRT members are primarily concerned with critical evaluation and implementation of interventions to improve the wellbeing of chronically ill individuals. In particular the research is focused on the use of exercise interventions tailored to suit the needs of individual groups e.g. those living with chronic back pain, stroke, multiple sclerosis, respiratory disease etc. Other research is focused around evaluation of therapeutic practices and procedures employed by therapists in clinical practice.