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NIHR committed to push the pace of research

  Created on Tuesday, 11 Oct 2016. Posted in News Items

It takes on average 17 years for a promising medicine, being developed in a laboratory to being patient ready, and it is thought that around 10 years of this is within the NIHR research pathway.  As part of the wider commitment to a culture of continuous improvement, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is committed to reducing this pathway by 20 months.

Push the Pace is investigating seven important areas of work:

  1. Handover - Scope out, plan and pilot innovative mechanisms to speed up and improve handover of research from the NIHR infrastructure into different programmes on the NIHR research pathway.
  2. Dissemination - improving dissemination to evidence users.
  3. Metrics - developing metrics or surrogate metrics that track timescales for the whole of the NIHR research journey.
  4. Evidence user input - ensuring evidence users’ input is used effectively to improve commissioning of research to better meet NHS/wider public health need.
  5. Peer review - determine what a proportionate peer review system for research applications is, and which is fit for purpose to meet NIHR’s needs.
  6. Contracting - ascertaining how to retain the benefits of contracts for research, whilst reducing the delay caused by the NIHR contracting process.
  7. Delivery - implementing the changes identified in the first phase of the Push the Pace project to improve delivery of research studies to time and to target.