Research training is integral to the NIHR mission. For 10 years the NIHR has received substantial investment from the Department of Health to help individuals realise their potential and become tomorrow’s research leaders, whilst collectively building national research capacity. NIHR training has aspired to advance all areas of health science. By integrating training pathways with awards from other funding bodies, such as the MRC and Wellcome Trust, the NIHR has also had the capability to influence training in biomedicine and the life sciences across the health sciences spectrum. Together, the goal has been improvements in career development and research conclusions that shape the health and care systems.

The NIHR was launched in 2006 under the banner ‘improving the health and wealth of the nation through research’. The following decade has been marked by changing healthcare needs and enormous technological advance. This makes it timely and important for the NIHR to review the past, and look proactively at future training needs. The goal is to evolve and adapt for the next 10 years building on the strengths of the past. It is vital that NIHR’s career development structures and activities effectively meet the needs of patients and the public, the health and life sciences industry, and the UK economy.

In March 2016 the NIHR Strategy Board agreed that the NIHR Dean for Trainees and the NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre (TCC) should take forward a strategic review of training to inform its future vison. The process has involved wide consultation amongst stakeholders, gathered expert opinion and established a range of working groups (Appendix 1 and Appendix 2). The product is this report which synthesises and reviews the evidence from the last 10 years, identifies new and evolving challenges; and, in response, sets out a vision underpinned by a series of recommendations.

This assessment of evaluation needs in relation to the Better Care Fund (BCF) in the Yorkshire and Humber Region has been carried out by the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) Yorkshire and Humber between April 2015 and January 2016, working in partnership with NHS England and the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network.

The BCF aims to support the integration of health and social care services to support improved care and outcomes for vulnerable people. The BCF is governed through Health and Wellbeing Boards (HWBs), which bring together representatives from, variously, NHS, public health, adult social care, children's services and Healthwatch. 

There are 15 HWBs in the Yorkshire and Humber region encompassing 23 local authorities and 22 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).
Expenditure on individual plans in Yorkshire and the Humber in 2015/16 ranged from £12m to over £240m.
The needs assessment was conducted through structured interviews with 24 individuals, representing 11 of the 15 HWBs in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

The full report is available here and was authored by Sarah Pearson, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR), Sheffield Hallam University and Jo Cooke, NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC)
Yorkshire and Humber. 

Please contact Jo Cooke with any queries jo.cooke@sth.nhs.uk