26 September 2017
Clinical research is a vital part of the work of the NHS, helping improve treatments for patients now and in the future.
- Our vision is of an NHS where:
- Every patient is offered opportunities to be involved in research.
- All NHS staff see the importance of research.
- The NHS conducts high-quality research and adopts new treatment.
- We are working with the NHS and its staff, patients, research funders, universities, medical schools and parliamentarians to deliver our vision to embed research throughout the NHS.
Quality and standards
- The Secretary of State for Health, NHS England and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) all have a legal duty to promote research and the use of evidence obtained through research. Many other NHS organisations also have responsibilities for research and the adoption of innovation.
- NHS England published an updated research plan in early 2017
- All research in the NHS must be approved by the Health Research Authority and local NHS trusts. Work is underway to streamline these processes.
Data and impact
- Charities funded 29% of non-commercial research in the NHS in 2016
- In total more than 665,000 participants took part in clinical research studies supported by the NIHR CRN in 2016/17. This is 10% more than the previous year.
- The Wellcome Trust Monitor Report found that 77 per cent of the public are willing to share their anonymised medical records for the purposes of medical research.