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New CQC strategy launched recognises value of research and innovation

Date: 27 May 2021

We are really pleased to see that research is now included more prominently in a new CQC strategy, launched today. We welcome this plan for the way CQC will perform its regulatory duties, that covers many areas from safety to quality improvement and with a focus on people, learning, innovation and now research.

NHS R&D Forum members of the CARE group (Collaborative Approaches to Research & Care Embedded), have worked closely with CARE group colleagues across England  to influence the CQC through their consultation process, inviting the CQC to hear from group members at a recent meeting, sharing evidence for how research improves care and submitting individual responses using this shared evidence resource.  Our Forum response is here and we are delighted that research is now included more visibly in the strategy as a result of the consultation responses received.

The CQC has said:

“Our strategy strengthens and clarifies our position and commitment to supporting research, as we recognise the importance of research in driving improvements in the quality and safety of care. We’ll encourage services to play an active part in research to improve care for all, foster innovation and enhance experiences for people”

The strategy includes: 

Encouraging innovation and research

  • Research can help improve the quality of care and people often value the opportunity to participate in research, whether clinical trials or other studies.  We’ll encourage services to play an active part in research to improve care for all, foster innovation and enhance people’s experiences of care.
  • We have a role in creating where innovation and research can flourish.

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