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Research engagement toolkit

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The Research engagement toolkit, produced by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) with support from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), has been created to provide the information to physicians that will help you get engaged in research in lots of different ways.

This document's aim is to tackle the perceived barriers to research from the perspective of doctors – wherever they are in their careers by offering first-hand experience and guidance from those who have engaged in research, useful resources that physicians should seek out, and practical guidance about how to go about conducting research for the first time.

This toolkit provides:

  • information about the range of research options and ways to be involved
  • information about the different pathways into a career in research, no matter where you are starting from
  • resources to support research-active physicians at all stages in their careers
  • case study examples from research-engaged clinicians at all career stages.

Why use the toolkit?

Everyone in healthcare should be committed to ensuring that high-quality research becomes embedded in the core day-to-day work of the NHS, for the benefit of patients and the NHS as a whole. Engaging in research is intellectually rewarding, and is good for your patients, your hospital and your career. We want all physicians to enjoy what research engagement has to offer and to find the best way to fit research into their career; however, we know that it can be daunting and challenging, especially if you simply don’t know where to start.


    Who's involved


    • Royal College of Physicians (RCP)
    • National Institute of Health Research (NIHR)