Health research, development and innovation in England from 1988 to 2013: from research production to knowledge mobilization

Kieran Walshe*, Huw T. O. Davies

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    Abstract

    This paper presents a critical analysis of the development of government policy and practice on health research, development and innovation over the last 25 years - starting from the publication of a seminal report from the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee in 1988. We first set out to map and analyse the trends in ideas and thinking that have shaped research policy and practice over this period, and to put the development of health research, development and innovation in the wider context of health system reforms and changes. We argue that though this has been a transformative period for health research, rather less progress has been made in the domains of development and innovation, and we offer an analysis of why this might be the case. Drawing on advances in our understanding about how research informs practice, we then make the case for a more integrative model of research, development and innovation. This leads us to conclude that recent experiments with Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care and Academic Health Science Centres and Networks offer some important lessons for future policy directions.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-12
    Number of pages12
    JournalJournal of Health Services Research and Policy
    Volume18
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013

    Keywords

    • innovation
    • knowledge mobilisation
    • research policy
    • STRATEGY
    • SERVICE
    • LESSONS
    • NHS

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