Results of a 'landmark' consultation highlighting the priorities for local NHS research and innovation in different regional areas in England has now been published.

The National Survey of Local Innovation and Research Needs of the NHS – commissioned by NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE/I), the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) - outlines findings from a survey of local health stakeholders within each of the England’s 15 AHSN regions, to identify the local NHS innovation and research needs.

According to the NIHR, the project aims to help the AHSNs, research funders and research practitioners ensure that there is focused on addressing specific local NHS challenges and the health and care needs of the local population.

The common themes that emerged from the consultation include: developing the current and future workforce, improving mental health services and integrating services to provide for patients with complex needs, such as those with multimorbidities or those socially isolated.

Each AHSN region will publish a statement of their local innovation and research needs.

“This is an important initiative, the results of which will help shape research and innovation of most relevance to patients and the health and care system,” said Dr Louise Wood, director of Science, Research and Evidence at the Department of Health and Social Care.

“We will consider very carefully the role that NIHR, working with NHS England and NHS Improvement, can play to address the key research and innovation priorities identified and consider how we can best support access to, and dissemination of, key research and innovation findings.”

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