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DHSC update their areas of research interest

DHSC have updated their areas of research interest (ARIs) to focus on areas of strategic policy importance to DHSC where research and innovation could facilitate a step change in how we deal with complex issues. ARIs highlight to the patient, academic, clinical and life sciences community the areas where we want to expand our efforts and work together to systematically understand, intervene and improve public, patient and service outcomes. The three ARIs are:

  • Early action to prevent poor health outcomes Prevention, early diagnosis and appropriate intervention for people at increased risk of poor health (in particular obesity, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, mental health and cancer) to prevent excess deaths, improve population health (including the health of the working age population), reduce disparities and decrease reliance on health and social care.

  • Reduction of compound pressures on the NHS and social care Improved patient outcomes and reduced pressure across the health and care system through preventing avoidable admissions, utilising innovations to make routine care more efficient and resilient, enabling smart discharge, and through effective pandemic preparedness and new treatments to tackle a range of infectious diseases.

  • Shaping and supporting the health and social care workforce of the future A public health, NHS, social care and wider health workforce that is effectively structured, trained, deployed and supported to deliver future effective and efficient models of healthcare which meet the needs of the UK’s changing population

Ref: DHSC's areas of research interest - GOV.UK ( They will continue to fund research as laid out in the NIHR document: Best Research for Best Health: The Next Chapter. The NIHR's seven areas of strategic focus from the document are:

  • Build on learnings from the research response to COVID-19 and support the recovery of the health and social care system

  • Build capacity and capability in preventative, public health and social care research

  • Improve the lives of people with multiple long-term conditions through research

  • Bring clinical and applied research to under-served regions and communities with major health needs

  • Embed equality, diversity and inclusion across NIHR's research, systems and culture

  • Strengthen careers for research delivery staff and under-represented disciplines and specialisms

  • Expand our work with the life sciences industry to improve health and economic prosperity


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