Research and innovation is now a key part of NHS core business and 955 of NHS Trusts are research active.  The NHS Operating Framework (2008) sets out clear instructions that NHS organisations must play their full part in NHS research and double the number of patients recruited in to clinical trials and other well designed studies.

To achieve this, the NHS must play its full part in supporting health research.  NHS Trusts and NHS Foundation Trusts have a statutory duty to support education and training.  All providers of NHS care will need to increase their participation in research.


NHS Constitution 2009

“All NHS bodies, private and third sector providers supplying NHS services are required to take account of the Constitution in their decisions and actions.”

The NHS aspires to the highest standards of excellence and professionalism – through its commitment to INNOVATION and to the provision and conduct of RESEARCH to improve the current and future health and care of the population”