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The Shelford Group on the impact of Brexit on science and research funding in the NHS

The Shelford Group has submitted a response to the House of Commons Science & Technology Committee’s inquiry into the implications and opportunities for science and research upon leaving the EU.
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25 Aug 2016

The Shelford Group has submitted a response to the House of Commons Science & Technology Committee’s inquiry into the implications and opportunities for science and research upon leaving the EU.

The reality of research in the 21st century is a need to work together – whether dealing with large scale common issues such as obesity, pandemic infections travelling across international borders, or making personalised medicine a reality for small groups of patients with specific conditions who are spread across large geographies. 

It is important that we do not lose research and development capabilities when withdrawing from the EU, in particular the ability of the NHS and its academic partners to attract and retain scarce expertise. Attracting the right people will require paying attention to the whole context; not only funding for facilities and associated support, but also providing an environment where individuals are able to build research and development groups which attract the best human resources. It is critical the creation of new ideas and intellectual properly is supported and encouraged by the surrounding organisational, economic and social infrastructure. 

Alongside this, the Shelford Group is keen for early, practical reassurances to be given, particularly around the rights of EU citizens studying and working across the NHS.

While there is considerable uncertainty on what Brexit means for the future of science and technology in the UK, there also may be opportunities. We hope to see relationships embraced and energy inserted into developing industry and academic research partnerships beyond the EU. 

The Shelford Group will continue to work alongside the Committee and wider partners in identifying and raising matters of concern and opportunity for national policy for the NHS in England and the UK more broadly. For further details, please contact [email protected] The submission can be read in full here

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