Government to invest £218m in health research

By Julie Griffiths on 02 July 2018 NHS Midwives Nurses Research

Health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced a £215m investment in NHS health research and £3m for a new research leader programme for midwives and nurses.

Academics and technology experts will be able to apply for research funding to develop future health solutions that give patients greater independence and choice about how they manage their healthcare.

£150m will fund research over the next five years to tackle emerging issues, including the pressures of an ageing population and the increasing demands on the NHS.

The remaining £65m will go towards 13 National Institute for Health Research policy research units that will play a vital role in making sure the government and arm’s length bodies have the best possible information and evidence available when making policy decisions about health and social care.

An extra £3m will also be invested to create a new research leader programme for midwives and nurses. Their role will help to influence new approaches to health and care and improve patient experience.

It is hoped that the funding will transform the lives of millions of people living with numerous conditions including life-long illnesses, mental health issues and obesity.

Mr Hunt said: ‘More people than ever before are living longer lives thanks to the dedication of hardworking staff. It is therefore vital we harness technology to develop the next generation of innovative treatments as part of the government’s long-term plan for the NHS.

‘That’s why I want our world-leading academics, researchers and technology experts to work with frontline staff to develop the innovations which not only allow people to live longer, but also to lead healthier lives, so the NHS can continue to provide world-class care to all’.