More NHS consultants will be able to participate in research partnerships as part of a funding scheme set up by the Medical Research Council.
The £12-million pilot scheme for Clinical Academic Research Partnerships will help clinicians who are qualified to carry out research, but are not currently doing so, to contribute to research projects as part-time co-investigators.
The MRC said in a statement on 30 November that the scheme would help connect basic biomedical science to clinical research. “We know many consultants are keen to engage with research but lack the opportunities and funding to do so. We aim to change that, ensuring that they can put the valuable skills acquired during their PhD or MD training to use, and that research groups can benefit from the clinical insights they are able to offer,” said Fiona Watt, executive chair of the MRC.