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Research collaborations to find new ways of caring

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A series of seven partnerships between NHS organisations and teaching universities are to begin research into caring for conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity.
Public health minister Dawn Primarolo announced £64m in funding for the new National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) collaborations, which will start work on 1 October 2008.

Each collaboration will test new treatments and new ways of working to see if they are effective for everyday use in the health service.
NHS staff will be encouraged to incorporate the new methods into their working practices so patients receive improved care.

Ms Primarolo said: ‘This new funding will help to improve health outcomes for patients across England, with particular emphasis on conditions that cause chronic distress to patients and are a significant issue for the NHS to manage.’

The collaborations will be in Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, North West London, Devon and Sheffield.
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  • I thought this was the job of NICE and the the main problem at the moment is the numbers of nursing staff being aware of the researched recommendations for care and then having the time to carry them out. The increasing number of auxilliaries doing the caring and the increasing numbers of managers doing the talking seems to suggest yet another funding of documents that few will read and no-one will have the opportunity of applying in practice.

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