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HSR: Improving Inclusion in Health and Care Research Funding


This autumn the Health Foundation, The King’s Fund, The Nuffield Trust and Health Services Research UK will hold a series of events on improving inclusion in health and care research.

An inclusive research system is essential for the delivery of effective, appropriate and respectful health and care services for all, and for understanding and reducing health inequalities. Everyone involved in commissioning, funding, designing and conducting research has a part to play in eliminating discrimination and ensuring that health and care research genuinely serves all patients and communities.

As a parent of a child with a serious life-threatening illness (Cystic Fibrosis), the past 20 years of his care has taught me that management of health and illness is a collaboration between people and clinicians. This should start with research – to ensure that resulting knowledge is relevant to what matters to people.” Mandy Rudczenko

Aims for the Event

Across three online events we will showcase people, projects and organisations using inclusive and innovative approaches, and highlight ways we can move existing practice forward. We will also scrutinise the barriers to inclusion and consider how they can be tackled, at both a research project and system level. By bringing together people from across the research and policy landscape, including patients and people with lived experience, we will determine the practical actions we can take to bring about meaningful improvements.

Improving inclusion in research funding

This third and final event on 2 November will look at improving inclusion in research funding. Speakers will discuss why diverse teams and topics can miss out on funding and what changes should be made to address this, and share examples of initiatives from health research funders to improve inclusion in their funding processes.


  • Addy Adelaine, CEO, Ladders4Action
  • Dorothy Gould, Lived Experience Researcher
  • Neha Issar-Brown, Head of Research, Versus Arthritis
  • Judith Smith, Deputy Director, Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme, NIHR

There will also be an interactive breakout session where participants will be able to discuss the issues raised (interaction optional – you are welcome to stay and listen in if preferred).

Who should attend?

This event is open to anyone with an interest in improving inclusion in health and care research including researchers, public contributors, practitioners and those involved in the funding and commissioning of research.


Nov 02 2021


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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