UCLH tops table for biggest research study increase 

21/10/2015 00:00 
Scores of NHS patients across London now have access to cutting-edge treatments, according to latest figures from the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network, the research delivery arm of the NHS.

The new statistics reveal the number of research studies conducted in NHS hospitals across the UK during 2014-15, and show that UCLH’s Biomedical Research Centre saw the biggest increase in studies from 333 to 385 (16 per cent).

Other hospitals across London have shown a year-on-year increase, with Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust recording a 9 per cent increase on last year (459 studies), Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust conducting more than 350 studies (a 11 per cent increase) and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust running 311 research studies (a 15 per cent increase).

Research studies play a vital role in the work done in the NHS. They are carried out by the same doctors who treat patients and aim to find better ways of looking after patients and keeping people healthy.

There are many different types of research – some studies may involve tracking the health of patients over a number of years, while others, such as clinical trials, involve developing new treatments for diseases such as cancer, dementia and diabetes.

Professor Bryan Williams, director of the UCLH Biomedical Research Centre, said: “It’s important that we try to continue increasing the participation of patients in research as this is one of the ways to improve the health and wealth of the nation for the future.

"Research is key to improving patient health - as well as the lives of patients in the future. By taking part, patients may not only find that their own health benefits, but that they are also helping generations to come.”

The clinical research league table is available at: www.crn.nihr.ac.uk/annualstats.

To find out what clinical research is happening at UCLH visit the UCLH Research Gateway, an easy to use search engine www.uclh.nhs.uk/ResearchGateway.



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