More than 10,000 people signed up for NUH clinical research trials

NUH is celebrating a significant improvement in research and innovation activity which is viewed as amongst the best in the country.

The Trust delivered more than 400 clinical research studies providing patients in the region improved access to new and better treatments.

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New figures from the National Institute for Health Research show that NUH had the second best year-on-year increase nationally in the number of studies and recruited more than 10,000 participants into clinical research studies – the third biggest year on year increase.

Dr Maria Koufali, Deputy Director of Research and Innovation, said: “We are very pleased to see that our new, divisional model for research management has delivered significant improvements in research activity and results that are amongst the best in the country. This amazing result was very much driven by our divisional R&I leads.

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“We know there are further, significant growth opportunities for research and innovation. The opening this year of our new £26 million NIHR Biomedical Research Centre and Clinical Research Facility will allow us to continue to build on this success and achieve our 2021 goal which is to offer every NUH patient the opportunity to participate in research as a treatment option.

“I would like to thank especially our research nurses for their hard work and their ongoing commitment as we continue to deliver internationally recognised research and innovation in Nottingham.”

The NIHR supports clinical research to be set up and delivered more efficiently across healthcare in England. 

Jonathan Sheffield, Chief Executive of the NIHR Clinical Research Network, said: “The increase in the number of clinical research participants last year and the improvements we are seeing in studies delivering to time and target are fantastic achievements that are contributing to better health and care outcomes in this country.

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“Researchers can be more confident of being able to complete their studies, and more patients will benefit from new and better treatments becoming available.

“Overall, 65 per cent of trusts increased their research activity in 2016-17, demonstrating the growing appetite for research within the NHS.

“We must continue to invest in the opportunities that clinical research presents, by looking at more innovative ways of delivery and making better use of digital advancements in the health and care sector.”