Over the last ten years a series of reports re-emphasised the need for the National Health Service to commit a percentage of its funding to research, taking advantage of the UK health service being national and government funded. Historically NHS research funding was embedded within the NHS trusts but more recently this funding in England has been withdrawn from trusts and linked directly to research activity through a range of structures which will be explained below. In Scotland, a proportion has been withdrawn to support research and development infrastructure although the majority of the funding is still centrally allocated to Trusts.
The document The NHS Research Environment can be downloaded here (updated 31 March 2011)
The following are supporting documents to The NHS Research Environment: