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? Continuous Improvement (CI) seeks to boost workstreams and offer solutions to long term organisational challenges by eliminating waste.

We would like to invite you to submit any ideas you have for changes to the research process. This can be a suggestion to adapt to the current pandemic or an idea that you feel would make the research process more efficient and aid the overall patient experience.

As a network, we also want to encourage any ideas about increasing research participation amongst Black, Asian,  Minority and Ethnic (BAME) communities.

Ideas submitted will be reviewed monthly and you will be contacted by a member of our CI team to discuss your proposal further. You can submit an outline of your idea via this Google Form. Please email if you encounter any problems in completing this Google Form.

Visit the South East Cluster Continuous Improvement Hub platform, where you can network and share best practice with others. Email our CI Lead Frances Doyle at for more information. 

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?

The 'Your path in research' campaign offers a number of ways for healthcare professionals to get involved in research.

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