£135 million investment in health research

The NHS is set to partner with universities, innovators and local authorities to solve some of the biggest issues facing health and social care over the next five years.

The government is awarding funding through the National Institute for Health Research to 15 partnerships, each of which have ground-breaking new projects aiming to address the increasing demands on the NHS and give patients greater independence and choice about how they manage their healthcare, including dementia, obesity and mental health.

The funding totals £135 million and follows a number of successful projects funded by the NIHR in the past, including research which led to every woman receiving care from the same midwife during pregnancy, birth and postnatally by 2021.

Health Minister Nicola Blackwood said: "As the population grows and demand on the NHS increases, it is paramount we develop the next generation of technologies and improve the way we work to ensure the NHS continues to offer world-leading care.

"The UK has a proud history of cutting-edge health research and, by supporting the great minds in health and social care, this funding has the potential to unlock solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing healthcare and revolutionise the way patients access treatments in the future."