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Research and Development

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) Research and Development (R&D) Unit aims to integrate healthcare, academia, the third sector and industry, through research. We seek to do this in ways which benefit the Isle of Man, and wider society, through the knowledge produced at a local, national and global scale. We will achieve this by building on the work towards integration that has already been established within the DHSC, while fostering a research culture in which innovation, development and knowledge translation is prioritised and encouraged. 

Our mission is to support and facilitate research that is efficient, cost-effective and responsive, aiming to improve patient care and wellbeing, whilst increasing knowledge. 

Our core values are integrity, transparency, quality, rigour and impact. These values are at the heart of what we do.

We are committed to an environment where:

  • patients, service users, and the public are offered the opportunity to participate in health and social care research and to get involved in its design, management, conduct and dissemination, and are confident about doing so;
  • safer, more efficient and effective treatments, care and other services are developed and tested through ethical and scientifically sound research for the benefit of patients, service users, and the public;
  • applying to do research is simple and streamlined and getting a decision is efficient, with well communicated timelines;
  • researchers find it straightforward and attractive to do high-quality, ethical research;
  • employees in DHSC appreciate how health and social care research benefits patients, service users, staff, and the public, and make their resources available for research;
  • industry sees the Isle of Man as a great place to do health and social care research, and increases its investment for the benefit of patients and service users;
  • money from charities and other research funders goes into carrying out research that is required, not into navigating bureaucracy or duplicating previous work; and
  • research projects are registered in a public database, the data and tissue they collect can be made available for future analysis (when appropriate with adequate consent and privacy safeguards), and research findings are published publically and summarised for those who took part in them.

For information or advice about research and development within DHSC please contact us at:  or call +44 1624 642624

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