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Research and innovation

As part of our commitment to the Government’s mandate to HEE, we will develop a more flexible workforce. A workforce that is able to respond to the changing patterns of service and embrace research and innovation - meaning that that staff are able to adapt to the changing demands of public health, services and patients. Our work focuses on doing more to make sure the benefits of research evidence are communicated, with a focus on innovation to drive up quality and productivity in all parts of the NHS.

The HEKSS research, innovation and evaluation unit supports the implementation and on-going development of the skills development strategy. This dedicated research-based evaluation and innovation capability is novel in the way it integrates the three activities and underpins the work of the skills strategy.

The unit includes a lead for innovation, a lead for evaluation and a research manager. Research is ‘embedded’ in both other arms of the unit – evaluation is research-based (ensuring robustness and validity) whilst research helps drive innovation.

The unit evaluates the outcomes of educational investment in terms of service delivery and the desired effect on patient care, both now and against expected future needs.

The unit has produced an Assessment Guidance report (download below) providing clear guidance on the process and criteria for assessing proposals for educational investment and their end results. While primarily intended to support internal HEKSS processes, the guidance will enable all stakeholders, particularly educational providers, to fully understand how the value of educational investment is being supported and assessed. You can download the report at the bottom of this page.