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The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)’s mission is to maintain a health research system in which the NHS supports outstanding individuals, working in world class facilities, conducting leading edge research focused on the needs of patients and the public.

The NIHR is a large, multi-faceted and nationally distributed organisation, funded through the Department of Health and Social Care to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Health, is responsible for NIHR.

Since its establishment in April 2006, the NIHR has worked with key partners involved in the different elements of NHS research to transform research in the NHS. It has increased the volume of applied health research for the benefit of patients and the public, driven faster translation of basic science discoveries into tangible benefits for patients and the economy and developed and supported the people who conduct and contribute to applied health research.

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) is one of the largest and most complex NHS Trusts in England. It provides academically-led acute and specialist services in five hospitals: 

  • University College Hospital (incorporating the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing, the Macmillan Cancer Centre and University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street)
  • Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine
  • Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital
  • National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery at Queen Square, Cleveland Street and Chalfont
  • Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health
  • Hospital for Tropical Diseases
  • The Eastman Dental Hospital

There are approximately one million hospital episodes every year at UCLH.

University College London (UCL) is among the world's top universities, as reflected by performance in a range of international rankings and tables. According to the Thomson Scientific Citation Index, UCL is the second most highly cited European university and the 15th most highly cited in the world.

The university has one of Europe’s largest and most research active groupings of biomedical scientists, which includes four world class postgraduate institutes - the Institute of Ophthalmology, the Institute of Neurology, the Institute of Child Health and the Eastman Dental Institute. UCL, together with the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK and the Wellcome Trust, has founded the Francis Crick Institute to bring together scientists from all disciplines.

UCL Partners, the largest Academic Health Science Partnership in Europe, brings together hospitals, universities and other partners from north, central and east London to collaborate on discovery science and accelerate the translation of medical advances and proven innovations into international clinical practice.

UCLPartners also leads major integrated programmes to improve health outcomes at scale and generate wealth, including the London Cancer Integrated Cancer System and the life course for women and children.