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Helping the NHS decide how to invest in innovation

Posted on 20 October 2011

A major survey, devised by academics at the University of York, aims to give people a bigger say in the way the NHS is run.

Researchers in the University’s Department of Health Sciences will ask people in Leeds and Bradford on where they think the NHS should invest in new procedures, drugs and services.

The survey results will help the local NHS to take account of community views when making investment decisions

Professor Carl Thompson

The project is a joint initiative with Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and is a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) initiative through the NIHR CLAHRC for Leeds, York and Bradford.

The survey asks participants to make choices between groups of NHS innovations that they think the NHS should invest in. They also have the opportunity to raise other issues. It takes 10-15 minutes to complete and people can take part by going to tinyurl.com/surveyyork or receive a paper copy to fill in and return in a pre-paid envelope.

Professor Carl Thompson, of the Department of Health Sciences at York, said: “Innovation is the only way the NHS will continue to meet the public’s NHS needs and expectations. We want the citizens of Leeds and Bradford to be involved in decisions about what innovations they believe their NHS should invest in most.

“The survey results will help the local NHS to take account of community views when making investment decisions. If this project proves successful, this is a model that could be rolled out across the country.”

Researchers will complete initial analysis of the responses by December and participants will receive free copies of their findings. The results will be used in projections of public attitudes towards future NHS investments.

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