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.

NHS England’s longer-term strategic approach to research will be developed in 2017, following engagement with partners and assessment of new strategic direction related to United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU and the government’s Industrial Strategy and upcoming Life Sciences Industrial Strategy.

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