Research-ready workforce

Over 10,000+ research professionals work throughout the NHS.

We provide the infrastructure to make research happen in the NHS. That infrastructure includes a dedicated workforce of trained, skilled and experienced research professionals.

There are currently over 10,000 front-line research delivery staff working throughout the NHS who are funded or part-funded by the NIHR. Their role is to carry out the additional practical activities required to conduct clinical research studies and trials. This may include helping to identify suitable patients, obtaining patient consent for participation, carrying out extra tests, and collecting the clinical data required for the research.

To tap into this ready-made research workforce your study must first be confirmed as eligible for continued Network support. Once your eligibility has been confirmed, access to our research workforce will form part of the site level support assessment and costing exercises.

If you engage with us early, you can access our full range of support and create a bespoke service that meets your needs and provides benefits throughout the full life-cycle of your study.