Embedding research in the NHS

Research is vital in providing the evidence we need to transform services and improve outcomes e.g. in developing new care models, redesigning urgent and emergency care, strengthening primary care and transforming mental health and cancer services.

By fully integrating research into our organisation we can outperform organisations that do not, leading to better quality care and improved use of resources.

Pursuing the use of evidence and evaluation will improve how we measure the impact of our work, meaning we can learn from what works well, and what doesn’t. We wish to foster a culture in the NHS that seeks out research evidence and applies this evidence in decision-making. All of this will be underpinned by a strong infrastructure that is supportive of research and evaluation.

NHS England research plan

NHS England is currently in the process of setting out its key areas of focus and its ongoing commitments in health research. The research plan is the first step in our work to set out NHS England’s strategic approach.

We will continue to engage with stakeholders in developing our strategy.

Continuing funding after the completion of a clinical trial

NHS England policy on continuing funding after clinical trials has been updated on the basis of the feedback received from the consultation on the former generic commissioning policies concluded in January. NHS England response to the consultation is available to download here.

The revised policy sets out the circumstances in which NHS England will provide funding for a treatment once a clinical trial is completed.  This includes the circumstances in which funding may be provided after commercially-funded trials and non-commercially-funded trials.

This document also provides, for context, information on when NHS England will contribute funding to support clinical trials, and provides the links to relevant policies which describe the circumstances in greater detail.