An established history of integrated, future-focused research capability and capacity building


For the last decade, NHS R&D NW has been at the centre of the North West region’s ambitions to improve health and care outcomes and strengthen the workforce through building research capacity and capability in the NW and beyond. 

NHS R&D NW occupies a unique position within the health and care landscape, operating through an integrated, system-wide network of connections that empowers and amplifies the research potential of the people and places in the North West.  As the health and care system undergoes transformation and transition, NHS R&D NW, stretches and flexes its connective tissue to ensure that research capability and capacity continues to grow, transform and flourish to meet the needs of 21st century care.

Over its lifetime, NHS R&D NW has developed a breadth of experience and expertise in understanding the complex, interrelated factors that impede research engagement and building the opportunities and infrastructure needed to address these challenges. 

Working across individual, team, organisational and system levels, NHS R&D NW takes an integrated, holistic approach to research capacity building from early career mentorship and training to practical and strategic support for health and care leaders to create cultures that will enable research and research careers to thrive. 

Collaborating with an extensive network of multi-professional associates and organisational partners, the team co-designs and delivers an inter-connected programme of interventions that responds to the specific health, care and research agendas emerging within and across local, regional and national spheres. 


Take a look at our Business Plan for 2023/24 below:

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