Our themes

We address our vision and mission under six broad themes and embrace all health and care therapeutic areas.

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The Department of Health and Social Care's Areas of Research Interest are posted under our Research priorities

Recognising that there will be crossover between themes, examples of schemes and initiatives are provided below, with fuller details provided under our structure.


1. Funding research

Funding research to improve the health of patients, the public and overall health and care services



2. Translating discoveries

Translating discoveries into breakthrough, practical products, treatments, devices, procedures and interventions for clinicians and other users of research evidence



 3. Training researchers and leaders

Training and developing researchers to keep the nation at the forefront of international research



 4. Economic growth

Working with the life sciences industry to help patients gain earlier access to breakthrough treatments and to encourage broader investment in, and economic growth from, health research




5. Research in the NHS

Ensuring the NHS is able to support all research funders, such as the life sciences industry, charities and public funders, to benefit patients, the public and the health and care system



 6. Public involvement and participation

Involving patients and the public across all of our work and enabling patient participation in research