Welsh Government
Health and Care Research Wales 2020 and beyond

Health and Care Research Wales 2020 and beyond

31 August 2018

A focused review 

Health and Care Research Wales is undergoing a focused review to inform the 2020-2025 strategic plan. The web-based questionnaire is open to everyone in the Health and Care Research Wales community and is available to download below. All completed questionnaires should be returned by the 1 October 2018 deadline.


  1. Health and Care Research Wales was launched in 2015 and this was accompanied by a Health and Care Research Wales Strategic Plan 2015-2020. Following advice presented by the Health and Care Research Wales External Strategy Group and Stakeholder Advisory Group, and internal Welsh Government discussion, a focused review will be undertaken to inform the 2020-2025 strategic plan, explore a number of specific key issues and inform how best to support the delivery of the infrastructure and research funding schemes beyond 2020.

  2. The annual Health and Care Research Wales budget is currently £42.5m. Of this around £15m is spent on infrastructure, £9.5m on programmes and £18m on NHS and social care support and delivery services and initiatives. The review will help us reflect on the appropriate allocation of resources.

  3. Expert reviewers will be chosen from existing and previous groups/panels (Centres/Units Panels and the External Strategy Group) as well as colleagues from devolved nations to respond to a number of questions. During the same time period, a web-based questionnaire will be launched to canvas the views of the Health and Care Research Wales Community. The consultation will finish on 1 October 2018.

  4. A separate review of HealthWise Wales will be undertaken and completed by the end of November 2018.

  5. Specific key issues within the Support & Delivery Service will be reviewed as part of the delivery of its strategic vision to realise a one Wales seamless service for public, research customers and staff. This will include consideration of drivers for change, through better identifying the accelerators and limiters, and improving benchmarking within the UK.

General

  • Are the current vision and strategic aims fit for purpose for 2020-2025? What changes should be considered?
  • What changes should be considered to best place Health and Care Research Wales in the Welsh Government context (e.g. Prosperity for All, A Healthier Wales) and the UK context (e.g. UK Research and Innovation, Life Sciences: Industrial Strategy)?
  • Where on the research spectrum should we fund? Can more be done to focus on applied and public health research whilst maintaining appropriate interfaces with funders of more discovery/basic science research? (e.g. should any animal research be funded?)
  • Is the relative funding for different areas correct? Are there areas that should be disinvested in? Are there new areas that should be invested in?
  • Does the strategic plan facilitate commercial research success? How could this be improved?
  • Is the Health and Care Research Wales governance structure appropriate? How could this be improved?
  • How could Health and Care Research Wales raise its profile and increase its impact within Welsh Government, nationally and internationally?

Centres, Units, Infrastructure Support Groups and Clinical Trials Units

  • Are the number and levels of funding for Centres, Units, Infrastructure Support Groups and Clinical Trials Units appropriate? What changes should be considered? Should we fund (more) Centres only?
  • Is it fair/strategically appropriate to expect Centres and Units to be multi-professional and multi-disciplinary with responsibility for developing research across the translational spectrum and across Wales? Should they be more focused?
  • Should Health and Care Research Wales support biobanking? If so, how should this be provided?

Funding schemes

  • Are Health and Care Research Wales’ funding schemes optimal to develop capacity? Should any changes be considered? Should we maintain a standalone PhD scheme?

Download the online questionnaire 

Return it to HealthandCareResearchReview2018@gov.wales by 1 October 2018


Supporting documentation

Health and Care Research Wales Strategic plan 2015-2020

Health and Care Research Wales Annual Report 2016/17

Current Health and Care Research Wales programmes and grants

Current Health and Care Research Wales Centre, Units, Infrastructure Support Groups and Clinical Trials Units