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NHS England consults on simplifying research

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How can the NHS boost the research environment?

An NHS England consultation is looking into how to strengthen, simplify and standardise the research environment in the NHS.

Proposals include cutting bureaucracy and faster access to new and innovative treatments, for instance, improving links with research networks across England; improving commercial clinical research set-up and reporting; and eliminating delays for research studies conducted across multiple sites.

Depending on the consultation, the proposals could result in changes to the NHS standard contract.

The regulator says it supports the ambitions outlined in the life science industrial strategy by prioritising the research needs of the NHS, ensuring there is strengthened local and regional support for research and innovation, and simplifying how innovative treatments break through to become routine care.

Further information

NHS England: A consultation covering changes to simplify arrangements for research in the NHS and associated changes to the terms of the NHS standard contract

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