A partnership between the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the Health Research Authority (HRA) and the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), together with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), is working to develop new assessment guidance and indicators as part of CQC’s monitoring and inspection programme.
The project aims to help recognise the role of research in delivering quality patient care and to strengthen the assessment of research activity in the CQC inspection of NHS trusts, under the regulator’s well-led key question.
How research improves patient care
Research active institutions help develop physicians and improve patient care, argues Dr William van’t Hoff and Dr Edwin Selvaratnam in the Royal College of Physicians member magazine, Commentary.
Research has long been supported and recognised by clinicians for its importance in healthcare; it’s one of the main drivers in providing evidence-based improved treatment and care options for patients. However, clinicians feel overstretched and unable to find time for research. In many organisations there is a perception that research is ‘someone else’s business’.