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Healthcare Scientists asked to have their say on HEE Research and Innovation strategy

Health Education England is asking Healthcare Scientists to give their views on their draft Research and Innovation strategy published today. Closing date 13 June 2014

Cover of HEE R and I strategy


The aim of this national strategy is to develop a flexible workforce that is receptive to research and innovation as part of HEE’s statutory obligations to ‘develop a more flexible workforce that is able to respond to the changing patterns of service and embraces research and innovation to enable it to adapt to the changing demands of public health, healthcare and care services’. Healthcare Scientists provide a central role in the delivery of research and innovation and will be a key group affected by these proposals.

The draft HEE Research and Innovation Strategy sets out the vision and framework for the delivery of HEE’s responsibilities and duties. It has been designed to fit alongside the many organisations across the healthcare system who share the responsibility to promote research and innovation. Whilst HEE’s contribution will be focussed on education and training, we aim to align with and complement the work of our key partners to embed research and innovation across the NHS and beyond.

The draft strategy contains four key objectives as follows:

  1. Establish a system wide coherence to education and training which will facilitate and sustain the organisational and cultural changes required to embed research and innovation.
  2. Ensure that the evidence on best practise for training in research and innovation informs and influences the delivery of effective education and training within the healthcare system.
  3. Undertake the development of a transparent and integrated multi-professional clinical academic career framework for patient benefit.
  4. Establish a HEE Research Evidence Hub which will undertake an intelligence gathering, horizon scanning and evaluation function to ensure investment in future education and training is evidence informed.

To provide feedback, please visit the Research and Innovation webpage on the HEE website. On that page you will find a copy of the draft strategy and a response form. Completed responses should be emailed to HEE.RI@nhs.net by 5pm on 13 June 2014.

The strategy will remain in draft until we have gained the views of our stakeholders and we aim to publish the final version in August 2014.

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