Every NHS organisation is part of the Health and Care Research Wales Support and Delivery Service. In order to provide a range of local R&D services, each NHS organisation is in receipt of Local Support and Delivery Funding.
April 1 2020 – The introduction of an All-Wales Research Delivery Funding Model
Health and Care Research is a core NHS activity and ensures patients and the public can be offered opportunities to be part of research studies that bring access to new treatments and generates evidence to improve NHS and Care services. NHS organisations receive funding from Health and Care Research Wales along with funding from other sources to support the delivery of commercial and non-commercial research studies.
From 1 April 2020, following recommendations from the All Wales Task and Finish group, a new All-Wales Research Delivery Funding model will be in place. This approach moves from the previous model of Activity Based Funding to a needs-based approach, where funding moves to where the research is taking place and commensurate with the level of costs incurred at different stages of delivery of the study.
Full details of the new approach together with background and development of the recommendations from the All-Wales Task and Finish Group can be accessed on the All Wales Task and Finish group – Recommendations for a new All-Wales Research Delivery Funding Model
Whilst this new approach will take place from 1 April 2020, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our services will significantly impact research that was planned during the coming year due to research being suspended or paused. Further information on COVID-19 is available on the COViD-19 updates page
Local Support & Delivery funding operational guidance
NHS R&D Finance Policy Template
The Welsh Government set a national objective to ensure the effective provision of a NHS research infrastructure to develop research capacity through the appropriate use of research delivery funding as well as investment of other R&D income that the NHS organisation generates. The key indicator set to achieve this national objective is for NHS organisations to have a current ‘in use’ finance policy.
Health and Care Research Wales has produced a NHS R&D Finance Policy Template which covers the details and mechanisms necessary for the management, accountability and distribution of NHS research funding and income.