Your path in research

Research plays an important role in the UK’s health and care services and helps ensure we have the most up-to-date care and treatments available for patients.

Research happens every day, right across all health and care services - from the community to acute trusts. The COVID-19 pandemic has put the spotlight on just how important research is.

Professor Dave Jones, Dean for NIHR Academy, explains what this meant for clinical academics at this critical time

 Read his blog about developing a clinical academic career

How much do you know about research happening around you and how you can engage with it to benefit you and your patients?


Research is…

Good for patients:

Good for you:

  • Best patient care is based on the best clinical evidence.
  • The core of all good training and practice is based on best evidence and in the NHS, the process to gather evidence is called clinical research.
  • Many healthcare professionals say they find the experience of being involved in research studies positive and rewarding

Good for your organisation:

  • You’ll be helping your trust too. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has a remit to assess how trusts are supporting and using clinical research to improve patient care.

 Watch this video to hear from people who have made research part of their career

Across these pages you’ll find lots of information about how to follow ‘Your Path in Research’

Four easy ways to start your research career

Find out ways you can get more involved in research as part of your role


Take your first step in research