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Four easy ways to start your research journey

You’ve already taken your first steps on your path in research.

To help you continue on that journey we’ve got some suggested ways you can engage more with research, supporting the ever-improving care the NHS can provide to patients.

Four ways research can benefit your career

We explore four key ways research can benefit your career, featuring testimonies from healthcare professionals who encourage others to follow in their footsteps and take their next step in their research career.

Why is research important?

Research is critical to help discover which interventions work better for patients and ensures existing treatments are used in the best possible ways. It helps to find answers, fill gaps in knowledge and ensure best practice.

Evidence shows that patients who receive care in research-active institutions have better health outcomes.  We want to help you find out more about research and the variety of ways you can contribute.

Take the next step with just a few minutes of your time.

Stay informed about the latest evidence in your specialty

Want to stay informed on practices and treatments which could benefit your patients?  NIHR Evidence publishes and disseminates reports on the latest evidence from the NIHR and others.

NIHR Alerts are short, accessible summaries of the latest important research in all specialty areas. If you'd like to help us to decide which research findings should feature on NIHR Evidence then sign up to become a reviewer.

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Make patients aware they could participate in a trial or study

Do you have patients who may be interested in taking part in the research?  Our ‘Be Part of Research’ website enables patients and members of the public to find relevant ways to get involved to help improve patient care. Pass on to your patients who may be interested.


Be Part of Research

Find out what research is happening in your trust and how you can get involved

Are you interested in research but don’t know where to begin? Many healthcare professionals say they find the experience of being involved in research studies positive and rewarding as well as helping their career.

Most trusts have research departments who will be able to help you discover what research is taking place. 

Make contact with R&D


There are also lots of experts you can speak to in your area like Dr Abdullah Kraam, a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist who is also a NIHR Clinical Research Specialty Lead in Yorkshire and Humber.

Dr Kraam tells how he regularly gives advice and guidance to health and care professionals wanting to get involved in research.


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Across England 36 per cent (2,492) of practices supported the delivery of research studies on the NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio in 2019/20. 
There are many ways in which you can get involved in research in your practice and there’s lots of support available both locally and nationally to help get you started.

Two practicing GP’s provide some insightful accounts of their paths into research.

Dr Polly Duncan is a General Practitioner (GP) and Senior Research Fellow based in Bristol. Dr Duncan’s interest in research was sparked by an undergraduate research project in Ethiopia. Dr Duncan now spends a large part of her working week supporting research and encouraging others to get involved in research.


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Dr Margaret Ikpoh, a GP from Hull, describes the impact COVID-19 has had on her practice, the changes to the way they work such as remote consultations and the surge in other practices keen to be involved in research.


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Or you can contact your local Clinical Research Network to talk to one of our local staff research champions about research opportunities.

Sign up to our free course to learn more about clinical research and how it improves health and care

This free online course is for anyone who wants to know more about health research and the role it has in improving health and care.


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