The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and various stakeholders in UK health and social care research have collaborated to establish a shared commitment aimed at improving public involvement in research. This initiative, supported by the Health Research Authority (HRA), seeks to address gaps in leadership and communication by engaging patients, the public, and healthcare leaders to emphasize the significance of public participation in all health and social care studies. By incorporating the perspectives and needs of those directly affected, researchers can generate meaningful questions and develop studies that deliver relevant and impactful outcomes. This joint effort underscores the importance of fostering partnerships between research and the public to drive advancements in science, enhance the nation’s health, and create an inclusive research environment that benefits everyone.
“Today’s sector-wide public commitment makes a strong statement that the organisations signing up, led by the Health Research Authority (HRA) and NIHR, recognise and welcome the importance of involving the general public in health and social care research.
We want the UK to be one of the best places in the world to invest in a life-science business and to deliver research that benefits everyone. The key to this is to develop stronger partnerships between research and patients and the wider public. Involving the public in research will help researchers conduct better studies that are open to everyone. Such inclusive research will enable the UK to deliver more world-leading, life-changing breakthroughs in science and improvements, which in turn will improve the health of our nation.”
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