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Researcher-led workstream

The researcher-led workstream focuses on research into the quality, appropriateness, effectiveness, equity and patient experience of health services.

Under the researcher-led workstream, the HS&DR Programme will fund both primary research and evidence syntheses, depending on the existing research and the most appropriate way of responding to important knowledge gaps. The aim is to fund research that will lead to improvements in health services that will be of greatest benefit to the NHS and to patients.

The HS&DR researcher-led workstream will support:

  • Research into any aspect of health service quality, accessibility and effectiveness, as long as its importance to the NHS can be clearly demonstrated.
  • Any methodology as long as it is appropriate, proportionate and likely to deliver the desired outcomes – which must relate to health service issues.
  • This includes trials, pilot and feasibility studies on relevant topics, with the involvement of a Clinical Trials Unit if required. In the case of a trial, adequate preparatory work must be completed in order to justify need and feasibility.

The HS&DR researcher-led workstream will not support:

  • Research for which there is not a strong and well demonstrated case for importance to the NHS.
  • Research in a single site which is not likely to be generalizable to other settings or patient groups.
  • Basic scientific or epidemiological research on the causes of disease.
  • The testing of new health technologies or diagnostic techniques – these may fall within the remit of the HTA programme,
  • The establishment of a database, as an end in itself. All studies must include specific research questions, and all data collection must directly contribute to answering these questions.
  • Proposals which are solely or mainly service developments, audits or needs assessments
  • PhD studentships.

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