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.

Our vision for Dorset is to create a science park that brings together the research community across the health and care partners so that every member of the population has an equal opportunity to both participate in research and the benefit from the application of research. We will create a thriving research economy that provides an opportunity for employment, career development, economic development and international collaboration. Our aim is to deliver better outcomes for our population and to share our work so everyone can benefit.

We will achieve this by bringing together the research professionals, capability and capacity that exists in Dorset into a group called Research Active Dorset (RAD). Our scope will include primary care, secondary care, community care, social care, public health and life science research. We will explore the benefits that pharmaceuticals, biosimilars, medical technologies, precision medicine, genomics, social prescribing and digital technologies will bring for people.
Initially we will create a virtual science park through the use of digital collaboration. To start we will bring together our existing research pipeline and look for opportunities to collaborate. We will combine the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) resources, system transformation resources and research network resources to test collaborative working and to identify the initial priorities.

We will be a key enabler to the delivery of the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). We will specifically contribute to the care and quality and health and wellbeing gaps.

Research Active Dorset (RAD), sponsored by the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) with executive leadership from National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Clinical Research Network Wessex (CRN) and members from partner organisations in the Dorset health and care system. RAD will report in to the Clinical Leadership Group and to the System Leadership Team.

OBJECTIVES.

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
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