May 18, 2016
To mark the tenth anniversary of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the Department of Health commissioned the Policy Research in Science and Medicine unit to examine how NIHR investments in patient-focussed research and infrastructure have benefitted the health research landscape. This report identifies and celebrates 100 examples of positive change, highlighting how the NIHR has transformed R&D in and for the NHS and the people it serves.
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funds and supports world-leading clinical and applied health and social care research, as well as research infrastructure in the NHS. Providing £1 billion of funding each year, NIHR aims to: drive the faster translation of new treatments, technologies and diagnostics to improve outcomes for health and care services; promote the wealth of the nation, including via inward investment from the health research community; pull basic science discoveries through into tangible benefits for patients and the public; and provide research evidence to support more effective and cost-effective NHS delivery.
To mark its tenth anniversary, the Department of Health commissioned the Policy Research in Science and Medicine unit to consider the question: 'What are the ways in which NIHR has benefited the health research landscape in the past ten years?'
This report identifies and celebrates 100 examples of positive change resulting from NIHR's support of research. A synthesis of 100 case studies is provided, which highlights the benefits and wider impacts of research, capacity building, and other activities undertaken with NIHR's support since its creation in 2006. The report concludes with a reflection of how the NIHR has transformed R&D in and for the NHS and wider health service, and the people they serve.
The report draws together — for the first time — examples of the breadth of NIHR's impacts in a single resource. It will be of interest to healthcare professionals involved in research, academics working in health and social care, and members of the public wishing to understand the value of research in the NHS and the wider health and care system.
In our case studies we see evidence that, over the past 10 years, NIHR has transformed R&D in and for the NHS and the people it serves:
Introduction to the report
Bringing breakthroughs to patients
Supporting the nation to deliver world-leading research with global impact
Making the nation's health and care system the best it can be
Working with charities and the third sector on common agendas
Supporting Public Health Delivery
Putting patients and the public at the heart of all stages of research
Creating opportunities for economic and social returns
Enabling clinical research excellence
Supporting, training and developing a diverse workforce in the NHS and academia
Investing across the nation
The NIHR at 10: 100 Activities, 10 Themes, 1 Transformation