The role of the Research and Development Office
We are dedicated to ensuring the delivery of NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)'s research programme and supporting researchers in their work.
Governance of research is a key element of our responsibilities, with the team working to ensure implementation of the Research Governance Framework across the research strategy.
We oversee the delivery of world class research
We support NHSBT's Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) in the delivery of their research projects. Acting as the research sponsor for a number of studies and trials, our office has oversight over the diverse portfolio of research that is undertaken.
We develop strong internal relationships
We have strong links across the organisation, in particular with Operations. We make sure that research is undertaken in line with operational strategy and has sign-off from the relevant groups. This not only ensures that any research undertaken can be delivered to time and to target, but also that it fits within the priorities of the different sections of the organisation.
We shape future research
Through a number of yearly funding opportunities, we give researchers the opportunity to apply for both researcher led and commissioned funding calls. NHSBT’s research programme is funded through both internal and external grants. We also collaborate with patient/public partners in order to ensure that research undertaken is in line with patient priorities.
We offer wider strategic assistance
All aspects of administering research are dealt with by us. From contracting, to ensuring that staff have the appropriate permissions to undertake their work, we are able to support researchers throughout the research process.