This year is the 10th anniversary of the NIHR and to celebrate, they have published an A - Z of clinical research!
Clinical research is an important part of the NHS and improving healthcare for all of us. Here’s 26 factors that go into making research better in the UK!
Clinical research help us to find the evidence which helps clinicians decide what treatment and processes are used to achieve best health for us all. This is then shared through a database so research staff have greater access to evidence based on trials.
C = Clinical Trials
Clinical trials help determine whether a medical treatment or device is safe and effective for humans. They help us gain a better understanding of how to treat a particular disease of condition to benefit us all.
The NIHR is committed to the future of research and invests in training and career development so people can be leaders in their field of clinical research.
Clinical research helps grow the economy by attracting investment to the life sciences and health industries. It also helps support collaboration and contributes to maintaining the UK’s international competitiveness.
All NIHR research adheres to Good Clinical Practice. These are the international ethical, scientific and practical requirements which must be observed for designing, conducting, recording and reporting clinical trials that involved the participation of human subjects.
I = INVOLVE
The NIHR recognises the importance of the public’s involved in the NHS and research, so they established INVOLVE. This is a national advisory group to make sure research is identified, prioritised, designed, conducted and disseminated appropriately.
It is only through research that we will be able to understand dementia and then develop treatments, improve care and hopefully one day find a cure. You can help find a cure for dementia by registering your interest in participating in clinical research.
Open access to the results of clinical trials is a building block to helping further clinical research. The NIHR has open access databases which can be used to help inform new practices and further research trials.
This is the NIHR Clinical research Network North East and Cumbria for our region. They are responsible for overseeing the effective delivery of clinical research in North East and North Cumbria.
M = Med-Tech
Clinical research isn’t just about medication, it’s also about medical devices and diagnostics. The NIHR supports research that helps further develop new medical technology that can be used in practice.
O = Open Access
Open access to research and the NIHR support initiatives that increase the likelihood that quality research will be widely disseminated and freely access so that others can share in the knowledge of this research.
P = Patients
Patients are a key part of clinical research, which helps us improve existing treatments and services and make new discoveries. You can help make a difference by signing up for clinical research in your area.
Specialist researchers and research nurses are responsible for conducting the clinical research in the NIHR. They generate the ideas for research trials, lead the research and evaluate its effectiveness.
Senior investigators are the NIHR’s pre-eminent researchers and represent the country’s most outstanding leaders of clinical and applied health and social care research. Senior investigators are fundament to the formation of the NIHR’s faculty.
T = Training
The NIHR ensures that research staff are trained academically so they have both clinical and research skills. This allows them to be successful throughout the entire clinical research process.
The NIHR strives to create an internationally competitive research environment, enabling collaborations and partnerships with the life sciences industry, developing a high-skilled research workforce, and generating research evidence which helps keep the population healthy and able to work and which supports the NHS in making better and more cost-effective use of resources
X = eXpertise
Clinical research is undertaken by researchers with expertise in their chosen speciality. The NIHR provides the support and facilities required by the life sciences industry and the NHS to undertake first class clinical research that results in high-quality care for patients and the public.