DOI: 10.1177/17449871231205816 ISSN: 1744-9871

The visibility of research within mandatory National Health Service Trust Induction programmes in England: an exploratory survey study

Julie Menzies, Sharon Grieve, Lucy Ainsworth, Victoria Sharman, Vikki Smith, Catherine Henshall
  • Research and Theory


Mandatory NHS Trust induction programmes are an integral part of staff orientation processes. Although research is recognised as fundamental to high-quality care, little data exist regarding whether research information is included within hospital induction.


Two online national surveys were developed, with the aim of identifying Trusts which included research within their mandatory induction programme. Survey 1 was distributed to Research and Development managers across England ( n = 201). Survey 2 collated information on the research content and delivery methods of induction material. The work was classified as a service evaluation and reported in accordance with CHERRIES reporting standards.


Survey 1 generated 124 unique responses (61% response rate). Thirty-nine percent of Trusts ( n = 48) featured information about research delivery and 24% ( n = 30) about training or support to develop clinical academic careers. There was wide variation in how materials were delivered, by whom and for how long.


Currently research has a limited profile within English NHS Trust mandatory induction programmes. This needs to be addressed if research is truly to be considered part of the core National Health Service business. Guidance or a modifiable template could help Trusts communicate about research delivery and clinical academic development and training to all new employees.

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