18 December 2014
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.
- 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
- 77 charities are funding research in the NHS, making up 30% of non-commercial research funded on the NIHR portfolio in 2014
- 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.