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Our strategic ambitions

Last updated on 9 Aug 2018

We are proud of our achievements in promoting and protecting the interests of patients and the public in healthcare research.

Teresa AllenMore than 6000 research projects a year come through the HRA, including requests to the Confidentiality Advisory Group. We are proud to work with a range of partners to create a sector the UK is justifiably proud of – notably, relevant, published, accessible, high quality research.

Our evolution as an organisation continues. The world in which we operate is changing rapidly. As a regulator that touches every part of the healthcare research system, we need to be agile, proportionate and pro-active to meet researcher needs so that patients can benefit from their work as quickly as possible.

The UK has a worldwide reputation for the quality of the research conducted here. The HRA has an important role to play, following the EU referendum, ensuring that regulation governing research in the UK is appreciated and understood, and works for all our stakeholders. 

We will be continuing to drive forward improvements, leading or working in partnership with other organisations to make our systems as easy to use and efficient as possible.

The HRA’s approval service has already played a significant part in improving the quality and consistency of research applications. 

Our work with patients and the public plays a huge role in guiding our work and decisions. We want to work more with the public, to demonstrate to them the value of research and the impact that it has on all of our lives.

Good health and wellbeing is something we all aspire to. With an ageing population and radical changes in the way care is delivered, we need to consider how best to engage with the public on research which supports care in its widest context.

Use the spotlights featured below to explore our five strategic aims in more detail.

Teresa Allen, Health Research Authority Chief Executive


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