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Research in the NHS

Last reviewed 
21 June 2013

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 NHS staff, patients, research funders, universities, medical schools and parliamentarians to deliver our vision to embed research throughout the NHS.
Quality and standards 
Data and impact 
  • In 2011 AMRC members funded 32% of active NIHR-led studies.
  • 72% of patients tell us they want the opportunity to be involved in trials of a new medicine or treatment.
  • 53% of healthcare professionals told us they are asked by their patients about research opportunities less than once a year.
  • Over 90% of healthcare professionals told us that they have experienced barriers to taking part in medical research in the last two years.