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Research and Innovation Strategy

Our vision

Our vision is to be a leader in delivering outstanding healthcare research fully integrated into clinical services that translates rapidly into service improvements and novel education programmes for the benefit of patients, public and staff. The R&I Strategy 2023-28 sets out how will achieve this vision.

How we will do it

Our strategy is split into 4 distinct areas. Here is a summary. You can read the full version and the summary version of the strategy by clicking on the links at the bottom of the page.

1. Patients and Public

Research and innovation cannot take place without participants and public contributors.

We will: 

  • Increase opportunities for patients to take part in research studies
  • Support patients and members of the public to help us shape our research and set priorities 
  • Make it easier for people from under-served communities to access research
  • Give all research participants the opportunity to feedback on their experiences and help us improve

2. People, Place and Partners

High-quality research is a product of our staff, our full hospital services and our partner organisations. 

We will:

  • Work hard to embed research and innovation in how we deliver care at Leicester’s Hospitals
  • Develop research talent across all professions – doctors, nurses, midwives and allied health professionals; and offer clearer career pathways for research delivery and support staff
  • Help create a consistent research framework for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland through leadership and governance

3. Performance and Delivery

Research is a regulated activity to make sure that patients are kept safe, which is balanced with a need to open trials quickly so patients can access potentially life-changing treatments as soon as possible.

We will:

  • Invest in our support staff so more trials can be opened as quickly as possible
  • Work with partners so that our research offices are joined up to support researchers working across different organisations
  • Set ambitious goals for trial recruitment to time and target
  • Increase our efficiency by streamlining our study set-up processes

4. Opportunity for Innovation

The NHS is a rich source of ideas to improve the ways we deliver care that benefit patients, staff and the wider community.

We will:

  • Work with our partners to develop IT systems that improve access to healthcare data for research purposes
  • Create innovation challenges for our staff with funding available to support the best ideas
  • Use our new intellectual property policy to good effect so both our staff and the Trust benefit from innovations