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Health and care professionals

Health and Care Research Wales funds high-quality research for the benefit of the NHS, public health and social care, and provides learning and support to enable researchers to tackle the complex health and care challenges of the future.

In Wales, we fully recognise the link between improved care and high-quality research which is why we encourage all health and care professionals to get involved in research. There are numerous ways of assisting professionals to develop their interest in research; through leading research in a specific field of interest, by being a co-applicant or principal investigator for a study and by taking the lead in recruiting and delivering research across Wales.

Support and training is available to help you develop your career, from being a health and care professional involved in research to becoming a skilled academic researcher. Health and Care Research Wales provides a range of resources and training to help health and care professionals contribute to the delivery of research to improve care for patients and the public across Wales.

To find out more about the research taking place across Wales, you can visit our research directory.

Health and Care Research Wales also invests in Specialty Leads to champion and support research development and delivery by building networks of principal investigators within their specialty and supporting the uptake of studies throughout Wales. They map onto the 30 National Institute for Health Research therapeutic areas and provide strong UK-level engagement for Wales.

Recent investment by Health and Care Research Wales has been made in the social care environment. These include knowledge mobilisation and dissemination, research capacity building and the care home environment.