Supporting ICS Leaders
Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) are a key care delivery partner for the research community. There is a real opportunity to embed research at an ICS level to improve population health outcomes for individuals and communities, particularly underserved communities. NHS England have published guidance for ICSs on how to maximise the benefits of research.
The NIHR can support Integrated Care Boards (ICBs), Integrated Care Partnerships (ICPs) and other ICS Leaders to facilitate and promote research in ICSs.
Supporting ICSs to engage and participate in research
The NIHR provide a number of functions to support health and care services to engage with research. These include:
- advice on building a research culture
- help identifying local research needs
- guidance on setting local research priorities
- support designing, funding and delivering research.
All the research we support is focused on population and service user benefit.
ICBs can contact their Local Clinical Research Network (LCRN) to find out more about the support available in their area.
Supporting ICSs to use research evidence
The NIHR can work with ICSs to share research findings and support the use of evidence from research to inform decision making and improve practice:
- Our policy research provides new knowledge to improve or evaluate services or policies.
- NIHR Evidence makes health and care research findings informative, accessible, relevant and ready for use for all.
Developing the health and care workforce of the future
Research is an integral part of care. A skilled research delivery workforce, ready for the complex health and care challenges of the future, is crucial to making research happen in the NHS and other health and social care settings.
There are currently over 10,000 front-line research delivery staff working throughout the NHS who are funded or part-funded by the NIHR.
Clinical research nurses and midwives, allied health professionals, social care professionals, doctors, dentists and clinical research practitioners all play an important role in the delivery of high quality research and care.
There is evidence that including research in medical roles enhances recruitment and retention, and that some doctors use research as a mechanism to avoid burnout.
We support the career development of health and care professionals, with a number of campaigns and initiatives including: