Dorset is one of the two leading Integrated Care Systems (ICS) in the NHS. The ICS brings together nine partner organisations that span health and care under a single leadership team.
ICS partners along with Bournemouth and Southampton Universities and regional and national research bodies formed Research Active Dorset (RAD), to bring together all partners across the research network in Dorset.
This body is the first of its kind to form across a full ICS. With the removal of organisational and practical barriers, RAD provides a framework to focus to build on the development of world class research development across the system which have impact locally, nationally and internationally.
RAD brings together the research professionals, capability and capacity that exists in Dorset, providing a one stop, single point of access for research that supports clinical priorities across the system. Our scope includes primary care, secondary care, community care, social care, public health and life science research. We are keen to explore the benefits that pharmaceuticals, biosimilars, medical technologies, precision medicine, genomics, social prescribing and digital technologies will bring for people.
The Research Active Dorset Team has agreed the following objectives:
Increase the opportunities for patients in Dorset participate in research by ensuring parity of opportunity for everyone
Promote wider benefits of research across Dorset to all system partners
Deliver an environment for workforce development
- Actively engage with the research and pharmaceutical industry to increase commercial research opportunities across Dorset
- Create and develop opportunities to grow the information and knowledge infrastructure between research professionals