Health and Care Professionals

Our workforce matters

A skilled clinical research delivery workforce is crucial to making research happen in the NHS and other health and social care settings.

We want to attract, develop and retain the best health and social care professionals to lead and support the delivery of important research. There are currently over 10,000 front-line research delivery staff working throughout the NHS who are funded or part-funded by the NIHR.

Clinical research nurses and midwives, allied health professionals, social care professionals, doctors, dentists and clinical research practitioners play an important role in the delivery of high quality research care. We support their development and raise awareness of their roles through a number of campaigns and initiatives.

The Network provides training to support the research workforce and funding to support portfolio growth. 

For more information on how we support health and care professional involvement in research, contact our Workforce Development Lead Nhlanhla Mguni by emailing

Sharing best practice and delivering improvements

Are you interested in improving the processes of your NIHR Local Clinical Research Network (CRN)? The vision for Continuous Improvement (CI) is that improvement and innovation should be everyone’s business. Improvement and innovation should be embedded in our thinking, our leadership behaviours and in our day-to-day practice as research practitioners. Applying CI principles will enable the CRN to deliver better outcomes and services to all of our stakeholders. It is important to note that CI is about small changes which will go on to have a big impact in improving things for our colleagues and patients. Anyone can become involved in a CI project, and everyone working in research is strongly encouraged to learn more about CI methodologies and tools for improvement.

For further information about Continuous Improvement, please visit the South East Cluster Continuous Improvement Hub platform, where you can find out about exciting innovations that have been taking place across our Network. For more information, please email

Your path in research

Research happens every day, right across the NHS and in a multitude of settings, but how much do you know about it and do you know how to engage with it to benefit you and your patients? There are a number of ways for healthcare professionals to get involved in research.

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