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.Ongoing
Enhancing the NHS-academia interface
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.
The Steering Group is chaired by the Academy’s President, Professor Sir Robert Lechler PMedSci.
Steering Group members will be confirmed shortly.
When considering how to enhance the NHS-academia interface, it is necessary to consider workforce requirements. To inform its wider project, the Academy of Medical Sciences held a one-day workshop to consider clinical academic research careers, leaders and innovators for the future.
The workshop convened key stakeholders from across industry, academia and the NHS to explore the current and future requirements for clinical academic careers. The meeting explored how to develop researchers, leaders and innovators that are equipped with the necessary skills to meet emerging healthcare challenges, and to embrace advances in novel practises and technology.
Chaired by the Academy’s Vice President (Clinical), Professor Paul Stewart FMedSci, the meeting comprised a series of talks and breakout group discussions to consider the clinical academic career requirements for:
- Public and population health prevention
- Discovery medicine
- Disruptive technologies
- Adoption of innovation in the NHS
Further details can be found on the event page.
A report of the meeting is being written and will be published in due course.
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