This guide aims to provide some helpful tips, messages and tools to help you support NHS partners to further embed research activity in their organisations for patient benefit. You will find 'key messages' such as the message below throughout the guidance:
Clinical research is finding out what works best in patient care in specific areas through a ‘study’. A study aims to answer a question, in this case about patient care, using a carefully designed method.
'Well Led' as applied to research in the NHS is a term that arises from the incorporation of clinical research research markers in the CQC Well Led Framework since October 2018. As such it refers to how an NHS Trust embeds research activity through its governance, systems, operations and delivery for patient benefit. It focuses on the infrastructure that helps research happen at Trust level rather than the individual studies themselves. We could say that a Trust that embeds research in this way is 'Well Led' in respect of research.
The CQC now has a remit to assess how trusts are supporting and using clinical research to improve patient care.
A standard slide-set about the outputs of the CQC work can be found on the NIHR Hub and more on CQC related developments can be found on the NIHR website.
How do we communicate about 'Well Led' research? The term 'Well Led' is unlikely to mean anything to many non-research staff in the NHS, so we need to think about how to communicate about research in general. In a busy, stretched NHS, staff are focused on patient care and 'research' can seem like an 'extra' thing and not a priority. The first tip might be to start with what we have in common and talk about 'best patient care through research.' This immediately makes a link.