29 Mar 2016
The Health Research Authority and devolved administrations are developing a new UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research which sets out the high-level principles of good practice in the management and conduct of health and social care research in the UK, as well as the responsibilities that underpin high-quality ethical research. This new policy framework aims to help make the UK an even better place to do research. It is aimed at all those responsible for health and social care research in the UK.
Key points from the IPH response:
IPH welcomes the publication of the UK policy framework for health and
social care research. The commitment to conducting high quality,
ethical research in all four jurisdictions is important to ensure
consistency in the approach and conduct of research in health and social
IPH recommends that a set of high level guiding principles is
developed for the framework, supported by the operational requirements
which are already very well presented.
IPH recommends that the policy framework would be strengthened if it
set out a more strategic view of its direction for health and social
care research by outlining the priorities for the sector.
IPH would strongly advocate that the sharing of data and dissemination
of research findings feature as a high level principle within the
IPH would suggest that the policy framework takes account of health
inequalities as a distinct focus and outcome of what health and social
services should seek to achieve.
IPH believes this research and development policy framework should
reflect the strategic direction of health and social care services and
measures to promote health and wellbeing in Northern Ireland.
- It is important that the policy framework makes provision for studies across the five nations (UK and Republic of Ireland) to facilitate comparisons of different health and social care systems, including natural experiments.