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What is the NHS R&D Forum?

The Forum is a not-for-profit membership organisation that aims to support the NHS Research Community in developing, managing and delivering high quality research in the NHS.

It is run by volunteers and a small management team, for the benefit of those involved in managing and supporting quality research in the NHS. The Forum now has over 2900 members.

The Forum is:

  • A network for peer support and the sharing and dissemination of best practice.
  • Delivered by its Members for its Members.
  • An independent conduit; collating information, opinions and views.
  • An interface between the Department of Health, and those who are engaged in managing research from concept through to delivery in health and social care organisations.
  • An opportunity for members to find solutions together to improve practice; to meet together at events and training days; and to work collectively.

What is Health Research & Development Ltd?

Health Research & Development Ltd is the not-for-profit trading arm of the organisation. It is a private limited company by guarantee, which was established to ensure the Forum could support itself independently with the funding it generates. All profits are reinvested back into the Forum, which must use them for defined objectives or aims. Health Research & Development Ltd has two Directors, Maria Palmer and Angela Ball, and is currently supported by an Executive Team.

How does the Forum currently deliver its aims?

The Forum provides support to the research management community through a series of training, events and e-communications. Working groups bring together expertise and experience from their specific fields, and members attend stakeholder meetings to ensure the forum membership has good representation.

Please see the Working Group pages for more information.

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