Health and social care research helps us learn more about how our bodies and minds work, why we become ill, and what we can do to stay well.

We are committed to improving people's health and advancing our knowledge of conditions and diseases so that we find new treatments, change the way we deliver care and prevent illness. We do this by carrying out research and providing evidence that something does or doesn’t work. Showing that something is not effective or does not work in the way we thought can be as useful as proving it does work.

Research is different to clinical audit or service evaluation because it attempts to collect new, generalisable knowledge by addressing clearly defined questions with systematic and rigorous methods. Service evaluation and clinical audit focus more on the value and quality of current care.