Health and Care Professionals

The  NIHR funds high quality research that benefits the NHS, public health and social care, and provide learning and support to enable researchers to tackle the complex health and care challenges of the future.

There are a variety of ways in which health and care professionals can get involved in research:

  • lead research in your field of interest
  • act as a co-applicant or principal investigator for a study
  • advise sponsors or sites about the shape and feasibility of their research
  • Take a lead in recruiting and delivering a study.

You may also want to stay abreast of the latest evidence and encourage your patients and service users to get involved in a study taking place at your institution. Every role and every professional is important. 

We can offer you support to develop your career from being a clinician involved in research to becoming a skilled academic researcher to supporting recruitment of patients. Our resources and learning tools help health and care professionals in the important role they play in the delivery of research to improve care for patients and the public.

Evidence shows that research active hospitals have better patient outcomes. Encouraging a research-positive culture in health and care organisations gives patients and the public greater access to research studies that help improve care and treatment options. Whether its embedding research across the sector, involving patients or supporting innovative practice, we can help you achieve greater participation in research.

The NIHR supports research being delivered across 31 specialty therapy areas. Our therapy areas provide health and care professionals with the practical support they need to set up and deliver clinical research in the NHS and wider health and social care environment and to facilitate the involvement of participants to make research more effective.

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