The Academy of Medical Sciences has established itself to be a ‘hugely respected and influential organisation’, a new report shows.
Published online today, the findings are based on information from 65 stakeholder interviews and 258 online survey responses from Academy Fellows.
The Academy is seen as an organisation that successfully represents medical science through its world-leading Fellows and high quality work, it was found. It is trusted by senior figures in government, academia, the research community, healthcare and industry.
The report also gave valuable insight into the areas stakeholders would like the Academy to focus on in the future. These included helping reduce boundaries between branches of medicine and science, making data a priority area of work, and encouraging further cross-Academy and international collaboration.
Professor Sir Robert Lechler PMedSci, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences, said:
“We were delighted to hear people say ‘if the Academy didn’t exist, it would need to be invented.’ This shows the Academy has an essential and distinctive remit in supporting medical science.
“I would like to thank everyone who took the time to give their views. This insight will shape our new 5 year strategy, which is due to be published in 2017.”
The Academy commissioned AMJ Comms to evaluate stakeholder perceptions in spring 2016. This consultancy handled all contact with respondents, and all responses were confidential and anonymous.