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NHS research, support and treatment costs

The Department of Health requires that NHS costs are split into three categories: research, support and treatment. Further information on what is an eligible cost is set out in the document AcoRD.

This document aims to clarify the distinction between research costs, NHS support costs and treatment costs in relation to activity specified in the research application/protocol; and to help attribution between the NHS and external funder of:

  1. patient related activity
  2. clinical staffing and
  3. placebos and medicines

AcoRD defines the costs as:

Research Costs:

- the costs of the research and development itself that end where the research ends. They relate to activities that are being undertaken to answer the research question.

NHS Treatment Costs:

- the patient care costs, which would continue to be incurred if the patient care service in question continued to be provided after the research study had stopped.

NHS Support Costs:

- the additional patient care costs associated with the research, which would end once the R&D study in question had stopped, even if the patient care involved continued to be provided.

UH Bristol will need to agree that the support and treatment costs can be met before you submit your application, please contact elinor.griffiths@uhbristol.nhs.uk