Health and Care Professionals

Why you should be involved in research

Many healthcare professionals say they find the experience of being involved in research studies positive and rewarding, as well as helping their career. Evidence shows that research-active trusts delivering clinical research trials and studies have better patient outcomes and patients value the opportunity to participate in research studies and trials as part of their care.

Being involved in research is also good for your organisation as the Care Quality Commission (CQC) now has a remit to assess how trusts are supporting and using clinical research to improve patient care.


Ways you can engage with research

We can help you find out about the variety of ways you can engage with research - whether you’re looking to take your first or next step in research, or find out how you can inform your patients about research activity taking place near them.


Find out what research is happening in your trust and how you can get involved

All Trusts across Kent, Surrey and Sussex are research active. Contact your trust R&D team to find out what research is taking place.  


Make patients aware they could participate in a trial or study

Tell your patients about our Be Part of Research website. Be Part of Research enables patients and members of the public to find relevant studies to take part in at your organisation and across the country. 


Tell us what research is required 

You know your patients best and for the NIHR to make informed decisions about what research to fund, we need a complete and balanced picture about which questions most urgently need answering. We want to help ensure patients receive the best care and treatments possible so let us know your questions today.

Suggest a research question to the NIHR.  

Keep up to date with the latest evidence

Do you want to stay informed on practices and treatments which could benefit your patients? NIHR Signals are short, accessible summaries of the latest important research from the NIHR and others.


Learn more about health research

To take your knowledge of research a step further take a look at our free online courses Improving Healthcare Through Clinical Research and What is health research? Both courses are designed for anyone who wants to know more about health research and the role it has in improving healthcare.


Develop your skills

We provide a training and education programme for anyone who wants to deliver research. Go to our training page for more information.


Your Path in Research

Your Path in Research is a new campaign gives health care professionals an opportunity to learn more about the research that can directly impact their everyday work, by highlighting a variety of ways they can take their first or next step in their research career.


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