RNOH therapists are partners in clinical research
Clinical research is an essential part of high quality and safe healthcare delivery. Evaluating what we do, and exploring new ways to treat our patients, has been part of the NHS for a many years. Ensuring that clinicians are at the centre of delivering such research and identifying needs of patients is vital to improving reliable healthcare.
In the past, clinical research was something perceived to be the preserve of medics. However, the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) recognises that other health professionals are also important in developing and delivering world-class research. To that end, support for developing clinical research in nursing and allied health professionals has been in place for some time via the NIHR and its clinical academic training programme.
At the RNOH, our Therapies Department supports the development of departmental clinical researchers and, in pursuance of that, staff have embarked on degrees and projects supported by the NIHR. RNOH Research Physiotherapist Anthony Gilbert features in the special edition of the Health Service Journal (page 9), writing about his experience of undertaking an NIHR supported Master of Research degree and why it is important for therapies to engage with clinical research. This is another example of how the RNOH is setting the standard in the academic-science model.