Reactions to "Transforming health through innovation: Integrating the NHS and academia"

Today, we launch our latest report, "Transforming health through innovation: Integrating the NHS and academia". 

Here, we share responses from colleagues across the community.

“The best possible working of the relationships between the NHS systems in the UK and the academic sector is essential for the full and rapid delivery of improved healthcare arising from research. There is a record of great achievements in the past but this report highlights a range of challenges as well as solutions to these which are very welcome and will make a real difference to patients in the future.”

Professor David Crossman
Chief Scientist (Health), Scottish Government


“We know that the best hospitals engage enthusiastically in research because it leads to better clinical outcomes, enhanced patient confidence and improved professional satisfaction. We have a massive opportunity in our NHS to maximise these benefits across the country, which is why I was so pleased to help the Academy of Medical Sciences develop their proposals”

Professor Sir Bruce Keogh KBE
Chair, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust


“We know that a number of clinicians would like to get involved in research but they do not have the time. I applaud the suggestion of a ten-hospital pilot in the report that would give 1 in 5 hospital consultants protected time for research. Research in the NHS could be one way to help us recruit the best staff, keep them for longer, and reduce staff burnout.”

Lord Prior
Chair, NHS England


“We need universities to work more closely with the NHS to benefit patients – this report gives a clear plan to do this. We also need to provide opportunities for healthcare students to learn about and take part in research as part of their training. If we can do these things, we will make the most of the UK’s enviable leading position in health research.”

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell FRS FMedSci
President & Vice-Chancellor, The University of Manchester


“I am pleased this report recognises the world leading role of NIHR as a driver for high quality clinical research. NIHR is committed to better working across academia and the NHS. Giving healthcare professionals dedicated time to do research and better support from universities will be essential to harness the wealth of research expertise within the NHS for better patient health. The actions in this report will put us on the right path to strengthen the relationship between academia and the NHS.”

Professor Chris Whitty CB FMedSci
Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England and Head of the NIHR.

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