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New DHSC and NHS England and Improvement guidance on funding research staff redeployed to the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic

 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of organisations including the National Institute for Health Research paused research and/or diverted research staff to support the NHS.

New guidance from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and NHS England and Improvement (NHSE/I) sets out the process by which non-NHS organisations that have loaned/redeployed research staff to the NHS can recover the cost. It applies to research staff funded by research funders including the NIHR, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and charities.

The guidance also sets out how NHS providers should report and account for:

  • Research staff employed directly and funded through a research award who have been redeployed internally to non-research COVID-19 response activities
  • Research staff employed by another organisation (such as a university or research funder) who have been loaned or redeployed to an NHS organisation for non-research COVID-19 response activities

For the period from August 2020 onwards, further guidance will be provided detailing arrangements for NHS funding and treatment of lost income (including research income).

Read the DHSC and NHS England and Improvement guidance here.