The strategic importance of the NHS and universities conducting collaborative research has been recognised by academics, researchers, practitioners and government bodies. The Department of Health identified the different skills and facilities found within NHS trusts and universities which can be combined to further research and advance discoveries.
Through clinical practice, healthcare professionals are aware of the areas where treatment options may be limited or evidence is lacking. Direct contact with patients ensures that they are in the ideal place to conduct clinical studies. University researchers can contribute their experience of designing robust studies, securing grant applications and employing new scientific techniques and equipment to help answer clinical questions.
Together, our partnership enables us to identify research that addresses clinical issues and join forces to find solutions and improve delivery and practice. We aim to produce world-leading research that makes a difference to patients and practitioners and has the potential to have both social and economic impact.