What we are doing
Research is crucially important for the future health of our population and the delivery of excellent healthcare. The RCP is encouraging all physicians to get more involved in research and working for research and medical academia to become an integral part of the NHS.
In November 2019, RCP published Benefiting from the ‘research effect’: The case for trusts supporting clinicians to become more research active and innovative, endorsed by 21 other organisations. The document sets out the numerous benefits that trusts and health boards can take advantage of if they support clinicians to become more research active.
In 2019 we brought together a wide range of stakeholders to examine how to embed research in NHS trusts to improve patient care. Presentations from the day, and summaries of the workshop discussions which considered protected time, clinician credibility and NHS trust culture are available here.
This followed on from our earlier publication - Delivering research for all. This statement, endorsed by 16 other organisations, set out our view that high-quality research in the NHS is everyone’s responsibility and a core part of clinical care.
We are working closely with clinicians, academic health science networks and representatives of NHS organisations to highlight practical examples of how research activity can be increased.
RCP is also developing a clinician researcher credential with the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), Medical Research Council and other medical royal colleges. This will particularly help clinicians who have not followed a traditional academic path to become involved in research.
Key to our work is also enabling more time for clinicians to do research. We are working with the BMA to develop viable models to protect clinicians time for patient-facing research.
Championing research culture
Those already involved in research have an equal role to play in providing support to colleagues who want to be more involved. The RCP has published a series of blogs by academics, doctors, patients and NHS trust leaders about the value of research activities.