Intensifying workloads within the NHS, impacting the UK health system’s clinicians, could be preventing them from running or taking part in clinical trials. This directly impacts research that could directly impact patient care.
This unfortunate dynamic is called out in a recent Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS) report in the UK, which reports that the overall number of physicians participating in clinical trials is actually on the decline and that this situation is worsened by growing chasm between universities and NHS itself.
With chronic staffing shortages impacting physician consultants ability to spend even a day a week on research the government, AMS suggests, should commit £25 million a year for the next three years to support clinicians—particularly those medical consultants with research training—to help step back from clinical demands at least somewhat and contribute more to new discoveries that might free up NHS money and resources in the future. The authors hope that this would also prevent physician burnout.
The suggested £75 million pilot scheme would see one in five consultants at 10 hospitals in the UK given time to step back into research, but if run properly would not transfer pressure to other NSH staff reported Sir Robert Lechler, AMS president.
Who is the Academy of Medical Sciences?
The AMS is an organization established in the UK in 1998. It is one of the four UK National Academies, the others being the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society.
Call to Action: If you are interested in growing challenges with UK clinical research due to mounting clinical pressure within the NHS, follow the link to read this report.