DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH RESEARCH STRATEGY
There are reasons why the Department should have an active research culture amongst the staff and those working in partnership with the Department.
- Change should be supported with thorough evidence
- Sometimes conditions in the Island vary from those elsewhere and it may not be sufficient to assume that research studies completed in the UK or elsewhere have equal applicability
- Publishing materials based on our experiences enhances our reputation and raises awareness of the way in which our provision is often of a higher standard than elsewhere
Furthermore, the opportunity to complete research stimulates the person completing it and helps keep them up to date. The Department intends, therefore, to encourage staff, including and in particular, educators and tutors, to develop their personal research profiles.
There is also a growing strategic commitment to draw on the data gathered by research projects completed on the Island such as the ELSPAC longitudinal study of child health.
The Research Ethics Committee continues its work to provide an opinion on the ethics of research proposals impacting on staff members, patients or their carers and relatives.
All those interested in expressing views for the review are welcome to send comments to Jacqueline Yates, Head of Learning, Department of Health