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Latest HS&DR News
 4 September 2013
National Institute for Health Research to make debut at British Science Festival with live trial
 30 August 2013
NIHR showcases the clinical research that could bring hope to dementia sufferers
 17 July 2013
NIHR Themed Call: Preventing the development and spread of Antimicrobial Resistance
 3 June 2013
NIHR launches its own peer-reviewed collection of open access journals
 17 May 2013
International Clinical Trials Day: NIHR support in Clinical Trials
 14 May 2013
Creating consistent routines helps children take medicine properly
 2 May 2013
Study of recovery-focused mental health care planning and coordination in England and Wales

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The NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme funds research to improve the quality, effectiveness and accessibility of the NHS.

The HS&DR Programme aims to produce rigorous and relevant evidence on the quality, access and organisation of health services, including costs and outcomes. The programme will enhance the strategic focus on research that matters to the NHS including research on implementation and a range of knowledge mobilisation initiatives. It will be keen to support ambitious evaluative research to improve health services.

The HS&DR Programme is the result of the merger of two former NIHR Programmes, the Health Services Research Programme (HSR) and the Service Delivery and Organisation Programme (SDO). The aims of both programmes will be carried forward into the HS&DR Programme.

The HS&DR Programme Directors’ Word is now available, reflecting on the first year’s achievements of the HS&DR Programme. It also includes useful advice on developing an application to the programme.

Download the HS&DR Programme Information Booklet (pdf, 429kb)

Existing HSR and SDO projects

All projects funded under the HSR and SDO Programmes will continue to be monitored and supported as currently.

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The NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme is managed by the NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC). NETSCC is part of the University of Southampton funded by the NIHR, with specific contributions from the CSO in Scotland and NISCHR in Wales and the HSC R&D Division, Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland.

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