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RCP research and innovation hub

The RCP is deeply committed to improving access to clinical research and supporting the integration of research into everyday care. The RCP has produced a strategy to develop, deliver and drive research in the NHS; seeking to address the barriers to equality of access. 

A range of resources is available via the links below to support clinicians looking to become more involved in research. Follow the links to find out more about how the RCP is developing skills, delivering changes to the research system and driving partnerships to support collaboration.

There is growing evidence that clinical research activity improves patient outcomes and this has led to the Care Quality Commission examining for research activity during its inspection of NHS trusts. We also know that research involvement is linked to better staff morale with improved retention and recruitment. The benefits are clear and as such the RCP seeks to deliver research for all. 

The RCP has produced a research roadmap documenting key milestones that have been achieved since 2016.

Vision 

Every clinician is supported to become research active for the benefit of patients and the public. 

Mission 

As a leading body for physicians in the UK, we strive to engage more physicians in research that improves health and care as well as their wellbeing. 

Aims 

  • To develop and support the workforce to become research active and innovative. 

  • To deliver a system that enables physicians to do research as part of improving care. 

  • To drive new collaborative ways for physicians to accelerate research for patient and public benefit.

Principles

In support of research, we will act in line with the following principles: 

  • Research is defined in its broadest sense to capture the systematic investigation into health and care that establishes facts and reaches new conclusions. 

  • Research access for clinicians and patients needs to be equitable across the UK to ensure that all hospitals benefit from the research effect. 

  • Research needs to extend across multidisciplinary health and care teams and have patient and public engagement. 

  • Research direction will be informed by clinical needs and aligned with the research ambitions of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). 

What we have produced

The RCP is deeply committed to improving access to clinical research and supporting the integration of research into everyday care. The RCP has produced a strategy to develop, deliver and drive research in the NHS; seeking to address the barriers to equality of access.

This report summarises the findings of a survey carried out in early 2020 examining the research activity of RCP members.

Benefiting from the ‘research effect’ sets out how NHS trusts can better support clinicians to become research active, and the huge benefits this will deliver for patients, trusts and staff themselves.

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.
Research is a team endeavour and is best cultivated through the strong relationships and positive culture.
The Research for all report draws on the findings of a 2015 UK survey exploring the current barriers to doctors’ engagement in medical research.
Simon Denegri, NIHR national director for patients and the public and chair for INVOLVE, calls for all research opportunities to be open and visible in the NHS.
The RCP wants to see the UK's access to EU funding for medical research continue after Brexit along with access to a fast and robust system for patients to access new treatments.
The RCP welcomes the opportunity to submit written evidence to this inquiry by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee.

As the Senedd cross party group on medical research met for the final time on Wednesday 10 July 2019 before parliamentary summer recess, the RCP Cymru Wales published a variety of recommendations aimed at the Welsh Government, NHS Wales, doctors, patients and research bodies. 

The NHS must ensure that patient care remains at the heart of the Brexit negotiations to ensure that UK patients can continue to access the latest treatments.