Staff's 'important contribution' commended by National Institute for Health Research

23 February 2018
Academics help NIHR provide quality, relevant research to bodies like the NHS

The National Institute for Health Research has commended the “important contribution” of GCU academics to the work of its Evaluation, Trials and Studies Programmes (NETS) in the past year.

Professor Tom Walley, NETS Director, wrote to Principal Professor Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE to thank the University for the contribution made by staff to its work.

He said: “Your organisation is in the top 10 per cent in respect of reviews completed and committee membership contributions to NETS programmes. We cannot capture the totality of your staff contribution to NIHR, but only as it pertains to the NETS programmes. Contributions by your staff to other parts of NIHR are equally valuable. By giving their valuable time, effort and expertise, they are enabling the NIHR to provide the NHS, decision makers, patients and the public with high quality, relevant research.

Professor Walley acknowledges Marissa Collins and Dr Michael Roy of the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health, Dr Philippa Dall, Professor Paul Flowers, Dr Gordon Hendry of SHLS, Andrew Elders of the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit, Dr Kareena McAloney-Kocaman of Psychology, Social Work and Allied Health Sciences, and Dr Nicola Roberts of Nursing and Community Health.

The National Institute for Health Research commissions, funds and publishes health, public health and social care research that is essential for improving the health and wealth of the nation. It receives £1 billion of public funding a year to develop much needed research evidence to support decision making by NHS professionals, policy makers, providers of social care and public health services and by patients, carers and the public.