Enhancing the NHS-academia interface

The Academy of Medical Sciences is undertaking a project exploring how the interface between academia and the NHS can be enhanced to improve the health and wealth of the UK.


As the NHS turns 70 against the backdrop of an ageing population experiencing evermore complex health issues, we are at a turning point in healthcare delivery. The NHS will need to evolve to meet these new challenges, and it will be essential to ensure the important role research can play in supporting the NHS through these changes is recognised.

The Academy is undertaking a project to explore how the interface between the NHS and academia can be enhanced, identifying actions for stakeholders across the healthcare sector to incentivise research in the NHS. The project will be overseen by a Steering Group, chaired by the Academy’s President, Professor Sir Robert Lechler PMedSci (see Steering Group tab for further details). It will be informed by:

  • A workshop in spring 2019 to consider the current and future requirements for clinical academic careers (see Clinical academic careers workshop tab for further details).
  • A roundtable in spring 2019 with senior stakeholders across the life sciences sector (for further details please visit our event page).
  • A roundtable in summer 2019 to seek the patient perspective on enabling research in the NHS (for further details please visit our event page).
  • Further engagement with key stakeholders as the project progresses.
  • Involvement in Cancer Research UK’s project investigating the capacity of the UK health workforce to conduct and participate in research, and identifying solutions to improve the capacity of the existing workforce.



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