AN East Staffordshire NHS Trust is leading the way when it comes to conducting clinical research, it has emerged.
The number of studies undertaken by Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is spearheading the trend, having increased the number of studies undertaken from 49 in 2012/13 to 58 in 2013/14.
The clinical research, which the NHS says is a vital part of the system, helps to provide evidence on ‘what works’ so that treatment for patients can be improved. Findings also suggest that patients do better in hospitals and surgeries where research is carried out, even if they do not take part in the studies themselves.
The league table, published by the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network, shows the number of studies undertaken by each NHS Trust from April 2013 to March 2014 and the number of patients who volunteered to take part.
Over half of the NHS Trusts across the country increased the number of clinical research studies undertaken in the last year, resulting in better treatments for patients.
Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust also reported an increase in the number of research studies carried out last year, with 147 in 2013/14 compared to 124 in 2012/2013.
Chief executive officer of the NIHR Clinical Research Network, Jonathan Sheffield said that it is great to see an appetite for research in Burton. He said: “I would like to thank all the patients and carers who have taken part in research, and thereby made a contribution to improving NHS treatments for everyone.”
“I would also like to congratulate Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for increasing their number of studies. We know that research is something that patients really value and these Trusts are creating the opportunities for patients to get involved.”