Impact describes the benefit or implications of the research for the NHS, society and the economy. It’s what the research ultimately aims to achieve through changes in policy, practice or care and so needs careful consideration when developing the research idea.

Consideration of the impact of any study, at the outset of research development should involve patients, members of the public, funders, health or social care practitioners and other stakeholders.

Funders will often need to understand clear measures of research impact before awarding funding.

There are a range of research impact tools from research organisations to support you: