Research is vital in providing the evidence needed to transform services and improve outcomes, such as in developing new models of care, redesigning urgent and emergency care, strengthening primary care and transforming mental health and cancer services.
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the research arm of the NHS, provides funding for research studies as well as academic training, facilities, career development and research capability development.
In November 2022, NHS England invested £1.6m to support integrated care systems (ICSs) and their project partners to increase diversity in research participation. The funding is intended to support the development of new or expansion of existing research networks that reach out to local stakeholders, especially the local voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector and engage communities in local research priorities.
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