In November 2019, Health Research Charities Ireland with support from the IHRF Steering Group, convened an Irish Health Research Forum meeting on the theme Working Across Health Services & Academia – Challenges and Solutions for Health Research. The meeting incorporated discussion groups, panel discussions and a Q&A session to ensure all voices were heard.
Based on the discussions at the event and with input from its Steering Group, the IHRF has seven key recommendations:
- There be a substantial increase in the number of funded academic–clinical posts, across all healthcare professions.
- Key performance indicators focused on research should become part of the job descriptions and role metrics for all relevant health service staff, from the leadership down.
- Academic metrics for health research should place an increased focus on patient and public benefit from research, as well as patient and public involvement (PPI) in research decision-making.
- There be an increase in research governance support within the health services, through research offices linked to academic research offices.
- Education and practical decision-making tools, relating to key topics such as the Health Research Regulations 2018, patient consent and research ethics, are developed in partnership between academia and the health service.
- Standard templates, definitions and contracts are developed to support the undertaking of clinical trials.
- All stakeholders should endeavor to clearly and repeatedly articulate the societal and economic value of health research.
You can download the full report here.