Delivering research for all is a new project supported by the RCP that is calling for every clinician working in the NHS to become research active.
Every clinician working in the NHS should be supported to become research active. High-quality research in the NHS is everyone’s responsibility and a core part of clinical care. Read our statement of how a research-active health service can be achieved.
The Royal College of Physicians sees research in its broadest sense, from quality improvement to epidemiology and clinical trials, as crucial to patient care. Research is a key part of the NHS England constitution and the benefits research can bring are broad. Research-active trusts have improved outcomes for patients and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has now included clinical research activity within its remit for trust inspections. Many doctors both regard research as an important part of their job and find it a very positive experience. However, clinicians are challenged by the lack of protected time for patient-facing research.
High-quality research in the NHS is everyone’s responsibility and a core part of clinical care. It is important that every clinician working in the NHS is research active, whether this is identifying opportunities for new research, recruiting patients, supporting colleagues or leading trials themselves. Facilitation of research in trusts should be part of core activity and seen as a key indicator of improving patient care. Trusts should increase their research activity and doctors should be supported to pursue research activity as far as they wish to. This will mean more patients than ever can have the opportunity to be involved with or benefit from clinical research.
The UK is one of the best places in the world for investment in clinical research. This means investment into the NHS and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) activity can generate revenue for trusts with further employment opportunities for the wider economy.
*including NIHR, CQC, GMC, royal colleges, Health Research Authority, funders, universities
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