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The NCCRM  exists to enable the NHS Research and Development Methodology Programme to meet its objectives.  The core mission of the Methodology Programme is to promote the identification, development and use of appropriate research methods so that health and social care can be built on the best possible evidence base. The programme is guided by two core principles, which are taken from the Department of Health's Research Governance Framework (2000): "Research is essential to the successful promotion and protection of health and well-being and to modern and effective health and social care services"; and "The public has a right to expect high scientific, ethical, and financial standards, transparent decision-making processes, clear allocation of responsibilities and robust monitoring arrangements". The NCCRM's core tasks are therefore to:

  • Promote active debate on methodology among key stakeholders including other NHS research programmes, academics, research bodies, and service user organisation;

  • Identify key questions for methodological research;

  • Prioritise research questions;

  • Commission and manage research;

  • Disseminate findings as widely as possible;

  • Ensure all its procedures are carried out to the high standards required by the Department of Health's Research Governance Framework.

The Research Methodology Programme is led by its Director, Professor Richard Lilford, who also heads the NCCRM,  based in the Department of Public Health and Epidemiology at University of Birmingham. NCCRM is a small programme team consisting of a part-time senior research fellow, part-time programme manager, part-time research associate and part-time secretary.

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