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Health and care professionals

Evidence shows that research active healthcare settings have better patient outcomes.

Find out how you can lead or deliver research in your area of interest, help to get patients and the public involved in research, or stay up to date on the latest research findings.

Training and learning opportunities

Develop your knowledge and skills through flexible courses and the latest in CPD.

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Career development support

Find out how the NIHR can support career next steps for people in a range of health and social care roles.

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Embed a research culture

Get help to support your colleagues and patients and create a research culture that improves healthcare for all.

Our response to COVID-19

During the emergency phases of the pandemic, our primary focus has been on urgent public health research - research that needs to take place when infection rates are high. Visit our Urgent Public Health page for the latest updates. 

You can help the COVID-19 effort by enrolling patients on to research studies such as RECOVERY, REMAP-CAP or PRINCIPLE or vaccine trials. Care homes can also get involved in the PROTECT study, which is looking at how to prevent COVID-19 in care settings.

Our COVID-19 resources on the Be Part of Research website can help answer patients’ questions about COVID-19 research, and help them understand why taking part is important.

Despite our successes in COVID-19 research over the last year, the pandemic has had a significant impact on our ability to deliver other important clinical research. Find more information on restarting research, as well as resources to reassure patients.

We fund and deliver high quality research that benefits the NHS, public health and social care. We also provide learning and support to enable health and care professionals to tackle the complex health and care challenges of the future.

There are a variety of ways in which you can get involved in research, whatever your role.

Start your journey with our specialised career development support, offering a range of routes into research in a range of clinical and social care settings.

Gain new knowledge and skills with our resources and learning tools, to help health and care professionals in the important role they play in the delivery of research to improve care for patients and the public.

Stay abreast of the latest evidence and research in your field.

Encourage your patients and service users to get involved in a study taking place at your institution. Encouraging a research-positive culture in health and care organisations gives patients and the public greater access to research studies that help improve care and treatment options.

Find out about our work in your specialty therapy area. Our therapy areas provide health and care professionals with the practical support they need to set up and deliver clinical research in the NHS and wider health and social care environment and to facilitate the involvement of participants to make research more effective.

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About Us

We are the nation's largest funder of health and care research and provide the people, facilities and technology that enables research to thrive. Working in partnership with the NHS, universities, local government, other research funders, patients and the public, we deliver and enable world-class research that transforms people's lives, promotes economic growth and advances science.

We are primarily funded by the Department of Health and Social Care, but also receive UK Aid funding to support research for people in low- and middle-income countries.

Our Mission

NIHR's mission is to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. We deliver against this mission through five strategic workstreams.

Our Governance

The NIHR's work is directed by leaders at Department of Health and Social Care working in partnership with the directors of our six coordinating centres.

Our Contribution to Research

The NIHR is a central part of the UK research landscape, collaborating in national activities to improve research and supporting NHS research performance.