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Glossary

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  • Health Protection Research Units

    Health Protection Research Units (HPRUs) are 13 research partnerships between universities and Public Health England (PHE) and act as centres of excellence in multidisciplinary health protection research in England.
  • Health Research Authority

    The Health Research Authority (HRA) is an NHS organisation established to protect and promote the interests of patients and the public in health research.
  • Health technology

    Health Technology is an internationally recognised term that covers any method used by those working in health services to promote health, prevent and treat disease and improve rehabilitation and long-term care. "Technologies" in this context are not confined to new drugs or pieces of sophisticated equipment.
  • HEE

    Health Education England: an executive non-departmental public body of the Department of Health. Its function is to provide national leadership and coordination for the education and training of the health and public health workforce within England.
  • HEI

    Higher Education Institution: a term used to talk about organisations that provide higher, post-secondary, tertiary, and/or third-level education.
  • HIC

    The NIHR Health Informatics Collaborative (HIC) has been set up to deliver high quality data in five key therapeutic areas across five of the largest university hospital trusts, each of which hosts a BRC.
  • Honorary contract

    Honorary contracts are required by anyone who wants to carry out research or observe people in an NHS setting, but who does not already have an employment contract or a volunteer contract with the relevant NHS Trust. The contract ensures that they are covered by NHS liability insurance, and that they are contractually bound to take proper account of the NHS duty of care.
  • HPRUs

    Health Protection Research Units (HPRUs) are 13 research partnerships between universities and Public Health England (PHE) and act as centres of excellence in multidisciplinary health protection research in England.
  • HS&DR

    Health Services and Delivery Research, one of the NIHR programmes. The HS&DR Programme funds research into the quality, access and organisation of health services, including costs and outcomes.
  • HTA

    Health Technology Assessment, the HTA Programme produces independent research information about the effectiveness, costs and broader impact of healthcare treatments and tests for those who plan, provide or receive care in the NHS.
  • Hypothesis

    A proposed explanation made on the basis of limited evidence as a starting point for further investigation.In a trial, this would be a statement relating to the possible different effect of the interventions on an outcome.