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Request for help with distributing a national survey to NHS decision makers

24 July 2017

How do NHS decision makers choose when, how or if to introduce innovations in health care?

Researchers in CLAHRC North Thames are looking at evidence use in decision-making in the NHS, and decision-makers’ preferences for different types of evidence. The aim of the study is to improve both the production and use of evidence in decision-making on introducing innovations.


What evidence do decision-makers use? How do they use the evidence available?

To find out, our researchers have created a short 15 minute survey for NHS decision-makers and those involved in the decision making process. They are inviting healthcare professionals from across the country to complete this survey.

Innovations in the NHS can take many forms, from new clinical or administrative processes to new technologies or clinical tools to new clinical or diagnostic pathways. The types of evidence that can be used to justify the adoption or diffusion of an innovation can also take many forms, from ‘hard’ evidence like budget impact to ‘soft’ evidence like staff ‘buy-in’. Understanding these and their relative impacts can help appropriate evidence to be developed for decision-makers to help the adoption of innovation in the NHS. The study is called DECIDE (Decision in health care to introduce or diffuse innovations using evidence) and is funded the Health Foundation and led by Dr Simon Turner.


Find out more and take part

If you would like to find out more click here or to take part in the study, you can do so here.

The survey should take around 15 minutes and is voluntary. No personal details will be asked of you and published reports about this survey will not contain any personal details. If you have any queries, please contact Nicholas Swart at

Circulated on behalf of NIHR CLAHRC North Thames.

Overloaded A&Es – Have we got this all wrong? Dr Brad Keogh

Why do we need evidence? At a time when the NHS has limited resources and increases in demand for its services, it seems prudent to only make changes to the service once you are reasonably certain that what you might do may be in the interest of the patients and staff in the system. By enforcing top-down changes to services with little or no evidence of benefit to patients or staff we are using more of this precious resource for no clear benefit. As an engineer coming into the healthcare sector several years ago to do data analytics, it has always surprised me how few decisions in the management of NHS services are made with robust quantitative analysis. It is also a contrast to the evidence based decision making and protocols within medicine. My thought for you: “why can’t we have evidence based service management as well as evidence based medicine?“ read blog >

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