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Best research for best health outlines the direction that NHS research and development will take over the next five years to ensure a vibrant world class environment for conducting and using NHS health research.

The Department of Health published Best Research for Best Health in January 2006. The strategy document and associated implementation plans are available on the DoH website.

Vision
The vision is to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. 

Mission
Aim to create a health research system in which the NHS supports outstanding individuals, working in world class facilities, conducting leading - edge research, focused on the needs of patients and the public.

Strategic goals

  • establish the NHS as an internationally recognised centre of research excellence
  • attract, develop and retain the best research professionals to conduct people based research
  • commission research focused on improving health and care
  • strengthen and streamline systems for research management and governance
  • act as sound custodians of public money for public good.

In five years time there will be:

  • a thriving research culture within the NHS
  • fairness of access across England for patients and health professionals to take part in multi-centre studies
  • more patients and health professionals participating in health research with high quality protocols and early access to new interventions and prevention strategies
  • increased industry investment in clinical research in the NHS
  • the national programme for IT transforming the ability to recruit patients to clinical trials and gather data to support work on the health of the population and effectiveness of health interventions
  • the best research and researchers winning grants regardless of location
  • researchers working in a supportive environment to help them through the regulatory framework and conduct research relevant to the needs of patients and the population
  • the NHS recognised for taking an international lead in supporting a research-led culture for health
  • researchers and healthcare professionals pround to say that they work in a research-led and evidence-based NHS
  • health and healthcare improved by research evidence.

How will this effect Homerton?

In order for the strategy to be inplemented the R&D funding will be centralised taking away any decision making power from Trust level so that it is controlled through the National Institute for Health Research and the Comprehensive Clinical Research Network.

To ensure that the current levels of R&D activity to continue at Homerton, it is vital that the research projects are funded either under the new funding arrangements, mainly Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) and programme grants for applied research or by other funders.