Health Service Research
The primary goals of HSR are to identify effective ways of delivering care to the population. This involves organising, managing, financing and reducing medical errors to improve patient safety. It focuses on delivery and access to care. Health service research may also incorporate traditional medical research e.g. clincial trials, but the scope of health service research is usually wider in terms of implications for a service and health are in general. Discovering new therapies and ways of treating patients is important but it is equally important to know whether they are effective, efficient and appropriate ways of providing care.
The Research and Development Department has gone from strength to strength. North West London Research Hub was created at the beginning of 2011. Our five year strategic plan included the opening of a Health Service Research Unit.
Our aim is encourage research that helps to improve the quality, organisation and management of health services and systems. NWLHT has multidisciplinary and multi-professional staff delivering care to a diverse population in North West London. The department works closely with the clinicians to assess the current levels of service provision, to develop outcome measures, indicators and data collection methods. The NWL Research Hub is also host to the North West London CLRN, National Research Ethics Service (NRES), and a supportive site for Collaboration for Leadership and Health Research and Care (CLAHRC), Primary Care Research, Patient Representatives, Trust R&D Pharmacy Unit and support for Intellectual Property.
We hope to extend our work on improving health service and systems by providing world class research and educational facilities at local, national and international level with translational research in the Trust.
In particular we concentrate on the areas of Bowel Disease, cancer, coronary heart disease, infectious disease and sexual health, Multiprofessional Health Services Research & Rehabilitation, Sickle Cell Disease and the Haemoglobinopathies: Optimal Diagnosis and Management, Paediatrics & Child Health, ethnic minority health and epidemiology
R&D at NWLHT provides researchers with support and guidance in HSR. If you have an idea you want to develop R&D will provide all the help that is required.
Some of the areas of support include:
- Training (check our Training Portfolio)
- Writing protocol
- Filling and submitting IRAS applications
- Writing programme and project grants
- Research Governance