Health and Care Professionals

We fund high quality research that benefits 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. You can lead research in your field of interest, be a co-applicant or principal investigator for a study, advise sponsors or sites about the shape and feasibility of their research or take a lead in recruiting and delivering a study.

Clinical research nurses, 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, including the Your Path in Research campaign. 

Your Path in Research

Your Path in Research is an NIHR campaign which supports health and care professionals to get more involved in research.

Without research, we would not have the interventions and the NHS we have today. If you provide care in the NHS then what you do and how you do it will have been influenced by research.

Research happens every day, right across the NHS and in a multitude of settings. Research is: 

Good for you: 

  • Many healthcare professionals say they find the experience of being involved in research studies positive and rewarding. 

Good for Patients: 

  • Evidence shows that research-active trusts delivering clinical research trials and studies have better patient outcomes. 
  • Patients value the opportunity to participate in research studies and trials as part of their care. 

Good for your organisation: 

  • You'll be helping your Trust too. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) now has a remit to assess how trusts are supporting and using clinical research to improve patient care. 

Find out more about the ways you can engage with research by visiting the NIHR campaign website. 


External links

Your Path in Research