Date: 27 September 2017
Today sees the publication of our report 10 Years On: Adapting and Evolving to New Challenges in Developing Tomorrow’s Health Research Leaders and a series of recommendations that we are now starting to implement. The recommendations include a move to a more strategic approach to complement the traditional ‘response-mode’ funding model and also more integration of the current programmes. They were based on a review process comprising an analysis of the evidence collected and a consultation process.
Over the next year all NIHR’s academic training and higher career personal awards will be integrated into a new structure, The NIHR Academy with an associated academic strategy. The programmes and schemes overseen by the NIHR Academy will also be simplified to become fully flexible to meet the needs of the workforce and a portfolio management approach will be developed to address current and future skills and discipline gaps.
“Supporting training and career development is one of the most important things NIHR does,” said Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Scientific Advisor for the Department of Health and lead for NIHR. “This review, the work of very many people at multiple stages of their career and from many disciplines, is a major step towards maximising the opportunity for NIHR to support current scientists and clinicians at early and intermediate stages of their career to acquire the skills and opportunities to contribute fully to the future of health of the UK through research.”
Professor David Jones, Dean for NIHR Trainees said “This is an exciting time to be a health researcher. The establishment of the NIHR Academy will provide a cohesive academic structure and allow us to provide a more harmonised support system to our award holders in their journey to become the research leaders of the future”.
Implementation of the recommendations will involve engagement with all our partners including other funders, higher education institutions, health and social care providers and the life sciences industry.
The report can be accessed at www.nihr.ac.uk/SROT and regular updates will be posted regarding the progress of implementing the recommendations.
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