Applied health research

The applied health research (AHR) strategy aims to develop and deliver an innovation and research programme to promote high quality, personalised care for people affected by cancer

​The goal of the AHR strategy is to provide an integrated service driven by research excellence, and research driven by service development requirements. The focus of this strategy reflects the themes within the Trust's five-year strategic plan. These themes form four key areas of work:

  1. Reframing life and well-being for people affected by cancer
  2. Enhancing psychological adjustment and promoting emotional resilience
  3. Improving assessment and management of the consequences of cancer and treatment
  4. Patient safety, quality and acute/critical illness in cancer

Our academic partner is Southampton University, and we have several students undertaking doctorate and post-doctoral work in conjunction with the university. We currently have a number of NIHR Academic Training Advocates to support those on Clinical Academic Career Pathways as part of our research training programme. Other support includes research coaching sessions, research champions meetings and hosting a doctoral seminar series. 

How can I get involved in applied health research projects?

  • Public/carers/patients: we run a Patient and Carer Research Review Panel, which is a group of people who meet quarterly to review studies and ideas presented by scientists and clinicians. We are currently looking for people to join the panel
  • Clinical staff: as a research active institution a range of opportunities are available to staff to support the development of research capacity and competence. These include 1:1 mentoring and research internships, Clinical Research Champions Group, Research Matters sessions, a quarterly doctoral seminar series, training on clinical trials and Good Clinical Practice training – staff can also access training from other providers, including CATO, the ICR and The Royal Marsden School
  • INVOLVE is a national advisory group that supports greater public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research. Resources about how to get involved are available on their website
  • Further information about getting involved in health research can also be found on the Biomedical Research Centre and NHS websites