Adding value

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) supports research in the NHS in many different ways. For example, England remains the only country to run a clinical research public research awareness campaign across its health research system. This selection of articles highlights the diversity in the services that we provide.

Patient with nurse in clinic

Boosting commercial research in primary care

Just over 40 per cent of general practices in England are now actively involved in clinical research. Whilst this is fantastic news we must continue to engage primary care organisations in research, particularly commercial research, to ensure we continue to give patients access to cutting edge treatments. We explored how the NIHR Clinical Research Network is working with general practices to bring more commercial research to the UK.

Delivering research in an acute setting

Victoria O’Loughlin is an Acute Research Delivery Team Lead from Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, funded by the Clinical Research Network. She tells us how her team supports research within a challenging acute environment.

NHS celebrates clinical research

Every year, the NHS clinical research community comes together to celebrate International Clinical Trials Day on 20 May. In 2016, with the NIHR celebrating its 10 year anniversary, it seemed an ideal opportunity to thank everyone involved for their support and to highlight once more that it’s “OK to Ask” about clinical research. We spoke to just a few of those who joined the celebrations.

Cancer and blood clots – addressing the challenge

The overall impact of blood clots on cancer patients is an important and increasingly frequent clinical challenge. Also known as venous thromboembolism (VTE), clots are a serious, potentially fatal, medical condition. We caught up with a study team in the West Midlands running the first randomised controlled pilot study in the world comparing the effectiveness of injections, to new oral treatments for blood clots in this vulnerable patient group.