Royal College of Physicians urges more NHS trusts to benefit from the ‘research effect’

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) today launches the next phase of its campaign for more research to be conducted in NHS trusts to support high quality patient care, with ‘protected time for research’ undertaken by doctors, nurses and other clinicians.

A new statement, Benefiting from the ‘research effect’: The case for trusts supporting clinicians to become more research active and innovative, will be launched at an event this afternoon in Liverpool’s Foresight Centre, endorsed by 20 organisations, including the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Medical Schools Council, the Association of Medical Research Charities, which represents over 140 charities, Health Education England and several Royal Colleges and medical faculties.

The statement sets out benefits for patients, trusts and staff of a greater focus on research. For patients ‘the research effect’ includes a better care experience and improved outcomes. For trusts there is improved recruitment and retention of staff as well as cost-effective innovations and savings when research is put into practice. Staff enjoy better morale and job satisfaction and build new skills and networks.

Professor Cheng-Hock Toh, RCP academic vice-president, said: “We are providing trust chief executives with a clear case for ensuring that an increase in research activity is within their strategic plans, together with clear and practical steps they and their teams can take to ensure research is embedded in clinical and laboratory practice.

“I want to support chief executives to become champions for promoting equal patient and clinician access to research to unlock the benefits of research for all.”

Professor Toh, who is also a Liverpool-based haematologist, will open today's event, with several key national, regional and local leaders:

  • Dr Liz Mear, Chief Executive, The Innovation Agency – Academic Health Science Network for the North West Coast
  • Louise Shepherd CBE, Chief Executive, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital
  • Dr William van’t Hoff, Clinical Director for NHS Engagement, National Institute for Health Research
  • Keith Wilson, Liverpool Heart and Chest NHS Foundation Trust
  • Professor Simon Constable, Chief Executive, Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The event builds upon the growing presence of the RCP in the north. In 2021, it will open an exciting new purpose-built office in partnership with Liverpool City Council – RCP at The Spine. In preparation, the RCP has opened Phase I at the University of Liverpool, including a training and assessment centre, conference, quality improvement and research facilities for doctors and healthcare professionals alike.

For further information or to attend the event, please contact, Mike Blakemore, Head of Media & Engagement, on 020 3075 1468. Out of office hours please call: 07896 416409.

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