Research and Development
The Trust recognises that research contributes considerably to quality, encourages innovation, and promotes clinical excellence. NHS Trust participation in higher levels of research activity is clearly linked to better clinical outcomes and the Trust wants high quality research to be culturally embedded in all aspects of clinical service delivery.
The R&D department actively encourages staff to participate more fully in research by enhancing and promoting opportunities for staff to develop their research skills and experience. Development of Principal Investigator roles will be supported through training in collaboration with local partners at the Clinical Research Network: North West Coast (CRN: NWC).
R&D have an experienced work force comprising clinical and non-clinical support staff who will assist Principal Investigators in research embedded within Trust services. R&D provide skilled support and facilitation for the development of grant applications and will advise staff at all stages of grant development and horizon scan to promote funding opportunities to researchers. We will sign-post to key external partners, Higher Education Institutes (HEIs), the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Research Design Service, etc, where appropriate.
LCFT is part of the North West Coast region and works closely with key local research partners, including HEIs such as Lancaster University, the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and the University of Manchester. The Trust is a member of the Lancaster Health Hub, a cluster of the local NHS organisations and Lancaster University working collaboratively to develop business around research and innovation.
We commit to:
- Encourage and support new consultants to be co-Investigators on research studies.
- Develop Research Mentoring schemes with Clinical Academics for structured assistance to intermediate researchers wishing to apply for grants.
- Promote UCLan / Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) internship opportunities for novice researchers to develop skills and experience and define next steps in a research career.
- Define and develop a career pathway for post-doctoral staff within the Trust.
- Ensure provision of appropriate training is available for staff from various professions.
- Ensure completion of Good Clinical Practice training by staff members involved in, or wishing to become involved in, research.