Responding to the Royal College of Physicians’ campaign for more research to be conducted in NHS trusts, Nick Ville, policy director of the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the healthcare sector, said:
“Workforce is the number one worry of health leaders and more research in trusts can help staff to build new skills which improves morale and job satisfaction.
“There are lots of examples of research being taken on more widely after starting in one corner of the NHS and the expertise of medical graduates should be encouraged.
“As well as a much-needed tool to aid recruitment and retention of staff, the benefits for patients include better care and improved outcomes.
“However, trusts may not be able to bridge the short-term gap in terms of hours lost easily and financial support from Government to take this initiative forward would be welcome.”