Research and development

As part of the NHS drive to improve knowledge about treatments our Trust is actively involved in around 100 clinical research studies at any given time and last year more than 500 patients were recruited to studies.

Clinical research is important in assisting us in answering questions such as:

  • Does this treatment work?
  • Which patients are at risk of developing certain conditions?
  • How accurate is this diagnostic test/measurement?
  • How can we improve our services so that we provide the best, high quality care to our patients?

Research has led to improved care and treatments for many conditions such as cancer, diabetes and stroke. The new knowledge that is generated from research studies helps us to understand health problems better and develop services that offer improvements to patients.

How can you get involved?

Patients can become involved in research in a number of different ways including;

  • You may be invited to become involved in a study if you attend our hospital
  • Patients and members of the public may be invited onto groups which look at which topics should be researched in the future
  • Patients may be invited to contribute to the development of a specific research study to ensure that the research is relevant to people’s needs and concerns
  • If you are interested in becoming involved in research you can contact the Research & Development office to talk about it further.

We are involved in many different types of research studies including:

  • Clinical trials – studies that involve human volunteers and which are designed to answer specific health questions. This includes trials involving drugs and medical devices
  • Research surveys – these studies will measure something in a group of individuals
  • Research reviews – these studies summarise the results of several other studies and can be used to develop guidelines, care pathways etc
  • Qualitative studies – these studies usually involve interviews with patients or focus groups and try to explore issues that relate to individuals.

Before any research studies are opened within the Trust there are a number of checks that are carried out by the research and development office to ensure that the studies have all of the necessary approvals in place, including ethical approval where necessary. The research and development office also provides advice and training for staff wishing to undertake their own research within the Trust.

Initiating and delivering clinical research

The Government wishes to see a dramatic and sustained improvement in the performance of providers of NHS services in initiating and delivering clinical research. The overall aim is to increase the number of patients who have the opportunity to participate in research and to enhance the nation’s attractiveness as a host for research. As part of these plans we are publishing details of any trials our Trust is currently involved in on a quarterly basis. Please note that the figures are not ALL research studies undertaken in the Trust, JUST clinical trials.

Contact us

Research and development team

Marion Hood, RM&G manager
03033 302846
marionhood@nhs.net

Clinical research network

As part of the National Institute for Health Research the network helps to provide the infrastructure that allows high-quality clinical research to take place in the NHS.

INVOLVE

A national advisory group that supports greater public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research.