Health and Care Professionals

Our workforce matters

A skilled 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. Currently, over 10,000 front-line research delivery staff working throughout the NHS are funded or part-funded by the NIHR.

Research nurses and midwives, allied health professionals, social care professionals, doctors, dentists and clinical research practitioners play an essential role in the delivery of high-quality research care. We support their development and raise awareness of their roles through several campaigns and initiatives. Research happens every day, across the NHS and in many 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 via the NIHR's website.

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 team by emailing

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