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
How much do you know about research happening around you and how you can engage with it to benefit you and your patients?
Good for patients:
- Evidence shows that research-active trusts delivering clinical research trials and studies have better patient outcomes.
- Patients value the opportunity to participate in research studies and trials as part of their care.
- Every NHS trust across England (100%) recruited participants into NIHR Clinical Research Network supported studies for the second year running in 2019/20.
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.
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