Getting research on the NHS Future Forum’s agenda

Posted on May 31, 2011 by

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Lots of health research in the Times today including a letter from cancer researchers Place research at heart of health bill and an opinion piece from Mark Walport, Director of the Wellcome Trust, both emphasising how important it is to embed research right into the heart of the NHS if we really are going to improve the care patients get for the future.

And we (AMRC) have been busy working with a coalition of organisations concerned about health research, putting together our submission to the NHS Future forum who are just about to finish their listening phase and start pulling together their recommendations to government in the light of all they’ve heard.

Our submission makes a series of recommendations for how the system can embed and support research:

  • embed a duty to promote research throughout the system.
  • develop mechanisms to mitigate the impacts of localisation on research
  • clarify the payment of excess treatment costs in the new commissioning structures
  • create incentives for research
  • ensure independent advice to government is maintained
  • develop a system that supports and strengthens meaningful patient and public involvement in research

Check out the briefing for background on these issues and case studies which explain why we think these recommendations are so important.

What next?

The forum plan to submit their report to the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and the Health Secretary in June. The government will then consider their findings and publish its official response.

In the meantime, we’re planning lots of activity to keep research on the agenda, including a series of all party parliamentary group on medical research meetings in parliament focused on the impact of the planned changes for research.