The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has welcomed the publication of the government’s new vision for clinical research - 'Saving and improving lives: the future of UK clinical research delivery'.
Responding to the publication, RCP academic vice-president Professor Cheng-Hock Toh, said: "Changing the culture of the NHS so research is seen as an essential part of patient care, rather than an optional add-on, is imperative but not straightforward.
"COVID-19 has shown what we can achieve when research is prioritised as part of improving patient care, and this vision sets the right direction for how we can embed these positive changes as we rebuild the NHS.
"Government, the NHS, medical royal colleges and the wider research community now need to work together to achieve this. Finding ways of enabling clinicians more time to do research will be key, as will a focus on providing the resources to enable smaller, more rural hospitals to be research-active.
"It has long been clear clinical research improves patient outcomes, and that doctors have a strong desire to be more involved – whether that’s recruiting patients to trials, doing quality improvement work or designing new studies. Now is the time to make that happen."