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
- All research in the NHS must be approved by the Health Research Authority and local NHS trusts. Work is underway to streamline these processes.
- Many of the emerging NHS structures such as NHS England, CCGs, AHSNs and CLAHRCs have a responsibility to research and its adoption. We are working to better understand how our members can better engage with them.
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.