Supporting Research in the NHS: A consultation covering changes to simplify arrangements for research in the NHS

The ‘Supporting research in the NHS’ consultation sets out proposals for how NHS England, The Department of Health and Social Care, and the Health Research Authority, working together, will implement changes to simplify NHS research proposals to:Manage excess treatment costs better.

Following this recent NHS England consultation, the way in which excess treatment costs will be met has changed. The trial period began on 1 October 2018, and will run through to April 2019. Local Clinical Research Networks will help manage the excess treatment costs process on behalf of their local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and in collaboration with NHS England Specialised Commissioning.

The new arrangements require a Schedule of Events Cost Attribution Tool (SoECAT) to be completed and submitted as part of funding applications for NIHR & NIHR partner calls. The SoECAT must be signed off by an AcoRD (attributing the costs of health & social care research) Specialist from the Lead Network.

A SoECAT is required for:

  • New calls for single stage applications issued after 1 October 2018
  • Invitations to submit the second and final stage of an application where the invitation is issued after 1 October 2018. (The call for the first stage application may have been issued prior to 1 October.)

Please contact studysupportservice.eastern@nihr.ac.uk as early as possible to request support from one of the AcoRD Specialists.

Learn about how these new arrangements this will simplify and improve research arrangements to improve the future health and care of patients – access ‘Excess Treatment Costs’ video here

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