Research Funding boosts NHS

13 February 2018

A recent study, published in the British Medical Journal Open, has shown the value of NHS funding for research training and posts.

The study, co-authored by colleagues at the University of Birmingham and Health Education West Midlands, surveyed over 200 clinical trainees, and compared the outcomes of those funded through the NHS with research council and charity funded fellowships.

This is the first study to identify NHS employer research funding as a key support in the development of future clinical research leaders. In this study trainees reported that their clinical skills also improved by participating in research.

Research-active Trusts, like University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB), have been shown to have lower mortality rates for acute admissions.

Overall, evidence suggests that research engagement has a hugely beneficial effect on healthcare performance.

Professor Lorraine Harper, co-author of the study, said: “The results of this study show the benefits of the NHS funding research.

“Too often, there is a push towards pulling doctors through training quickly. This study supports growing evidence that doctors who have participated in research improve outcomes for patients.

“Staff who have participated in research are often very good at problem solving, have an increased ability to assimilate data, and have a much deeper knowledge of their specialist area.”