Parliamentary group meeting on NHS research

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Posted on 25 February 2013

Pauline Walsh, Head of Nursing and Midwifery, has attended an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) roundtable meeting to discuss research in the NHS, representing the Royal College of Nursing as an expert advisor for education and training.

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 introduced, for the first time, a duty across the NHS to promote research and the government is currently consulting on changes to the NHS constitution to ensure that every patient who wishes to take part in research has that opportunity.

The meeting aimed to bring senior figures from the NHS and medical research community for a roundtable meeting with APPG to shape a vision for research in the NHS.  The meeting set out to identify how barriers to research can be overcome and how the public can become more involved.

Pauline believes that in achieving this goal it is vital to ensure a multi professional approach to research across the NHS which places equal importance on research concerned with the patient experience and quality of life alongside medical and technical advancement.  Integral to this is the need for research protocols to embed dissemination and adoption strategies to ensure evidence based practice actually occurs at the point of delivery of care to patients. 

The outcome of both meetings will shape a vision for research in the NHS, which will be launched later this year.