23 July, 2018

News > Picker poised to collaborate in new policy research unit

Picker is pleased to announce a new collaboration with a number of leading institutions as part of the new National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Policy Research Unit in Quality, Safety and Outcomes of Health and Social Care.

The NIHR will provide £5m in funding over five years to support policy research from the multidisciplinary team led by University of Kent; other collaborators include University of Oxford and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medical.

Commenting on the announcement, Picker’s CEO Chris Graham said

“In the NHS’s seventieth birthday year, attention rightly falls on how it can ensure the quality and safety of services – including how quality can be assessed from the patient’s perspective.

This new research unit will provide important evidence to shape future policy development and to support high quality, person centred care. We are delighted to be involved alongside a number of expert partners, and look forward to contributing to the unit’s work”.

The unit will start work in January 2019, and will provide evidence directly to policy makers and arms-length bodies on the evidence base and options for policy development.

Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health and Social Care, said:

“Patients and the public deserve a healthcare system that is informed by the latest research and evidence. The NIHR Policy Research Units will make sure that Government decisions affecting our health and care are robust and evidence based.”

For more information on the NIHR Policy Research Units, visit https://www.nihr.ac.uk/about-us/how-we-are-managed/our-structure/research/policy-research-units.htm

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