The RCP is deeply committed to improving access to clinical research and supporting the integration of research into everyday care. The RCP has produced a strategy to develop, deliver and drive research in the NHS; seeking to address the barriers to equality of access.
A range of resources is available via the links below to support clinicians looking to become more involved in research. Follow the links to find out more about how the RCP is developing skills, delivering changes to the research system and driving partnerships to support collaboration.
There is growing evidence that clinical research activity improves patient outcomes and this has led to the Care Quality Commission examining for research activity during its inspection of NHS trusts. We also know that research involvement is linked to better staff morale with improved retention and recruitment. The benefits are clear and as such the RCP seeks to deliver research for all.
The RCP has produced a research roadmap documenting key milestones that have been achieved since 2016.
Every clinician is supported to become research active for the benefit of patients and the public.
As a leading body for physicians in the UK, we strive to engage more physicians in research that improves health and care as well as their wellbeing.
To develop and support the workforce to become research active and innovative.
To deliver a system that enables physicians to do research as part of improving care.
To drive new collaborative ways for physicians to accelerate research for patient and public benefit.
In support of research, we will act in line with the following principles:
Research is defined in its broadest sense to capture the systematic investigation into health and care that establishes facts and reaches new conclusions.
Research access for clinicians and patients needs to be equitable across the UK to ensure that all hospitals benefit from the research effect.
Research needs to extend across multidisciplinary health and care teams and have patient and public engagement.
Research direction will be informed by clinical needs and aligned with the research ambitions of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).