Figures show "new high" in NHS patients participating in clinical research
A report released last Thursday by the National Institute for Health
Research Clinical Research Network (the clinical research
delivery arm of the NHS) shows that more than 630,000 NHS patients
in England took part in clinical research studies last year - the
highest level since the Network's figures began.
Clinical research is a vital part of the work of the NHS, and a
commitment to conduct, promote and use clinical research to improve
patient care is part of the NHS England Constitution.
At our Trust, research is delivered through our Research and
Innovation Division, made up of just under 300 staff. We are listed
in the report as being the third highest recruiting NHS Trust in
the UK, recruiting 16,130 patients to clinical trials in 2012/13,
behind only Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Oxford
University Hospitals NHS Trust. However, more up to data that
has just been released shows that we are now in fact second with
17,064 patients recruited.
Director of Research and Innovation, Professor Colin Sibley,
said: "Being the second highest recruiting NHS Trust illustrates
our capability and innovative approach to clinical research. Our
commitment to education, training and staff development means that
now, more than ever, staff are getting involved in research across
all our eight hospitals, and encouraging more patients to
participate in trials. In the long term these trials will lead to
increased patient benefit, which is one of the main priorities
within the NHS."
Dr Jonathan Sheffield is Chief Executive of the NIHR Clinical
Research Network. He said:
"According to our latest poll, 79 per cent of people think it is
important for the NHS to carry out clinical research - whilst less
than three per cent think it is unimportant. There is huge public
support out there for research, but there also needs to be a good
mechanism for identifying patients who are suitable for particular
studies, and asking them if they would like to get involved. The
NIHR Clinical Research Network's nurses provide that mechanism, and
through their work we have seen the annual number of patients
taking part in clinical research triple over the last six years.
That is fantastic news, and I'd like to thank all the patients and
carers who have taken part in research, and who have made a
contribution to improving NHS treatments for everyone."
See the full report here: www.crncc.nihr.ac.uk/nhs-performance.
Learn more about our research and how to get involved here.