National Institute for Health Research

The goal of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is to create a health research system in which the NHS supports outstanding individuals, working in world-class facilities, conducting cutting-edge research focused on the needs of patients and the public.

The reputation of the NHS for international excellence is growing as it gains recognition for being the preferred host for collaborative and multi-centred research in the public interest in partnership with and for industry. This will benefit patients, society, the NHS and all our stakeholders.

The NIHR works with key partners involved in the different elements of NHS research.

The NIHR is directed by Professor Dame Sally C. Davies, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Adviser, Department of Health.

Dame Sally said at the launch of the SRMRC that the collaboration between the NIHR and partners in the Ministry of Defence and in Birmingham would be unique in this country and would contribute tremendously to the understanding of injury: “Translational research efforts are needed to target the early phase of injury in order to develop novel therapies and interventions for pre-hospital and early in-hospital trauma care.

“The cross-learning fostered between the military and civilian health care settings will improve treatment options and care for all patients.”