A new strategy published by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) will support Allied Health Professionals to ‘blaze a trail in research’.
The NIHR CRN Allied Health Professionals Strategy 2018-2020 sets out five strategic goals focusing on leadership, research capacity and capability, patient and public access to research, innovation, and building strong partnerships.
Anthea Mould, NIHR Clinical Research Network, Head of Allied Health Professionals, said:
“This exciting new strategy is all about supporting Allied Health Professionals working with, and for, the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN). AHPs already play a vital role in the delivery of high quality, patient centred clinical research; they are working in a breadth of roles, driving best practice, and linking in with a wide range health and social care networks. This strategy looks to build on that strong foundation.
“We want Allied Health Professionals to blaze a trail in research, develop as visible leaders and strengthen their impact across the health and research system. Whether it’s a two-minute chat with a patient about research opportunities, or supporting the delivery of someone else’s research, these activities are just as valuable as leading your own research study.
Professor Ann Moore CBE, Director of the Council for Allied Health Professions Research, said:
“The new NIHR CRN Allied Health Professionals strategy is extremely welcome and significantly complements the work carried out by The Council for Allied Health Professions Research (CAHPR).
“Whilst AHP research is increasing, the focus on leadership in research is key as we to aim to get more AHPs involved in, or leading, well-grounded research projects in all settings. CAHPR looks forward to working with the NIHR in support of this exciting and innovative strategy.”
AHPs represent the third largest professional workforce in health and social care.
The strategy reflects the NIHR mission “to provide a health research system in which the NHS supports outstanding individuals working in world class facilities, conducting leading edge research focused on the needs of patients and the public.”
The strategy draws on the experiences of those working across the CRN and sought views from strategic partners, including the Council for Allied Health Professions Research (CAHPR). It complements existing NIHR reports and also seeks to build on initiatives led by partners, such as NHS England’s ‘Allied Health Professions into Action’.