37123 - Science (Answered)

Nic Dakin
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on ensuring that all science-related government contracts and outsourced activities are awarded to organisations that demonstrate a commitment to high professional standards and invest in the professional development of their scientific workforce; and if he will make a statement.

George Freeman

All procurement processes must identify key objectives, performance indicators and critical success factors and ensure these are reflected in the tender documents against which organisations are invited to bid. Where appropriate, specific ongoing training and development needs can be included as specific terms in the final signed contract.

The Department awards research contracts through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). Contractual conditions require that the research is carried out by appropriately experienced, qualified and trained personnel with all due skill, care and diligence.

The NIHR Faculty includes all of the people funded through NIHR contracts who work in the national health service, universities and registered charities in England. The NIHR Faculty offers career pathways in research and provides training and development opportunities.