Supporting and applying research in the NHS

Supporting research in the NHS - simplifying research arrangements to improve patient care

NHS England and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) have published a joint statement committing to 12 actions to support and apply research in the NHS.

In connection with this, NHS England – along with partners including the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the Health Research Authority (HRA) and NHS Improvement (NHSI) – carried out a public consultation ‘Supporting research in the NHS’ from November 2017 to February 2018. It centred around the first two of the twelve actions: better managing excess treatments costs in non-commercial research, as well as plans to reduce delays and improve commercial contract research set up and reporting. This focus on simplifying and improving research arrangements, is ultimately intended to improve future health and care for patients.

The consultation gathered views from across the clinical research landscape, which have been captured in the response. Following the publication of the response, there has been a significant amount of work undertaken to address the issues and opportunities identified.

These webpages will continue to be updated regularly to provide the latest information around the actions being undertaken to reduce delays during study set-up and to speed up access for patients.

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