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Table of Contents
                            Who we are and what we do
Foreword by the Prime Minister
Foreword by the Minister of State for Public Health
Summary of progress 2006
Summary of progress 2007
Goal One: Establish the NHS as an internationally recognised centre of research excellence
	Establishing the infrastructure
	Better treatments for sick children
	Putting primary care centres stage
	Working with industry
	Turning breakthroughs into treatments
	Uniting clinicians and scientists
	Towards better cancer treatments
	Supporting safer hospitals
	Harnessing state-of-the-art technologies
	Improving the heatlh of future generations
	Leading the way in applied health research and care
	Building research capability into the national care record
Goal Two: Attract, develop and retain the best research professionals to conduct people-based research
	Creating the NIHR Faculty
	Research-based medical training
	Supporting Tomorrow's Researchers Today
	Putting people first
Goal Three: Commission research focused on improving health and care
	Programmes for success
	Health Technology Assessment Programme
	National Horizon Scanning Centre
	UK Cochrane Centre
	Centre for Reviews and Dissemination
	Service Delivery and Organisation Programme
	NHS Physical Environment Research and Development Programme
	Research for Patient Benefit Programme
	Research for Innovation, Speculation and Creativity Programme
	Programme Grants for Applied Research
	Invention for Innovation
	Bridging the gap
Goal Four: Strengthen and streamline systems for research management and governance
	Strengthening and streamlining systems
	The NIHR Coordinated System for gaining NHS Permission
	Promoting research, protecting patients
	Passport to success
	A joined-up approach to advice
	Towards a shared working environment
Goal Five: Act as sound custodians of public money for public good
	Ensuring transparency, fairness and contestability
Financial summary
Postscript by the Director General of Research and Development
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Health Research
the fi rst two years

National Institute for Health Research

Progress Report 2006–2008

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T itle Transforming Health Research the first two years.
Health Research Progress Report 2006-2008

National Institute for

Author National Institute for Health Research

P ublic ation Date 17 Jan 2008

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Medical Directors, Directors of PH, Directors of Nursing, Special HA CEs,
Directors of HR, Directors of Finance, Allied Health Professionals,
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Des c ription The report describes the progress made by the National Institute for Health
Research in implementing the Government's Best Research for Best Health
research strategy.

C ros s R ef Best Research for Best Health. A new national health research strategy.
Department of Health. January 2006

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Attract, develop and
retain the best research
professionals to conduct
people-based research

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Creating the NIHR Faculty
One of our most exciting initiatives to date is helping to support
people-based research through our new NIHR Faculty.

The Faculty is open to all researchers
doing patient- and people-based research,
whether they are employed in the NHS
or in a university, provided that part of
their salary is funded by the NIHR or the
Department of Health (DH) Policy Research
Programme (PRP). The Faculty will help
us to attract, develop and keep the best
research leaders, senior researchers and
collaborators as well as create a sense
of unity.

Members come from all disciplines,
including clinical, health service, public
health, social science and methodological
research. There are four categories of
membership – Investigators, Senior
Investigators, Associates and Trainees. There
will also be honorary memberships for
researchers without NIHR funding, including
those working for charities or in industry.

We put out our first call for Senior
Investigators, the most prominent and
prestigious researchers we fund and, as
such, of fundamental importance to NHS
health research. The first cohort will be
appointed from April 2008.

Recent initiatives also include a membership
survey, begun in November 2007, to
provide a unified database of researchers.
DH can use this to assess the impact of
policy on equality of opportunity and to
provide secure access to the NIHR portal
and online resources for Faculty members.

Jargon buster
Methodological research – the study
of which methods of research are the
most powerful and appropriate.

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Our NIHR website has become firmly
established as the primary source for the
latest updates and developments in our
work, and we are now beginning to roll
out the NIHR portal. The portal, a fully
integrated Information Systems internet-
based service, will make it possible, for
the first time, for the research community
and their partner organisations to work
together regardless of their geographic

People are and always will be at the centre
of everything we do. That is why we are
creating the NIHR Faculty for all research
professionals. We are developing, with
our partners, integrated training pathways
across all disciplines for our most promising
and talented young researchers, and our
first highly enjoyable NIHR Faculty trainee
conference took place in September 2007.

Since Sir David Cooksey’s Review of the
institutional arrangements for health
research funding, we have been working
closely with the Medical Research Council
to make sure that lab-based breakthroughs
are translated into medical innovation in
the NHS. We welcome the new player
on the block – the Office for Strategic
Coordination of Health Research. These are
very new ways of working and I am really
looking forward to the benefits this will
bring about for patients and the public.

In October 2007, the Government
confirmed its commitment to supporting
health research in the Comprehensive
Spending Review. Public funding for health
research will rise to £1.7 billion per annum,
with ring-fenced funding for the NIHR of
£1 billion per annum by 2010/11. This level
of funding will support an unprecedented
growth in the number of NHS clinical trials
in England.

Achieving all of this has required amazingly
hard work from all the NIHR Programme
Directors and Centres, as well as all the
Department of Health teams, with real
partnership working from a multitude of
partners. Both the NHS and academia are
rising to the challenge. So, while we still
have a huge amount of work to do, I am
confident we will continue to deliver the
goals and aims of Best Research for Best
Health. I would like to send my personal
thanks to everyone involved including the
patients for whom we do this work.

Professor Sally C. Davies
Director General of Research and
Development, Department of Health

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