UHB leads the way on clinical research

27 June 2013

UHB is spearheading the trend in a rise in clinical research across the region and the wider NHS, according to a new league table published today.

The Trust has increased the number of studies being carried out from 174 in 2011/12 to 249 in 2012/13 – a 43% increase year-on-year.

Clinical research is a vital part of the work of the NHS, and provides evidence about “what works” so that treatments for patients can be improved. In addition, there is some research evidence to show that patients do better in hospitals and surgeries that do research – even if they don’t actually take part in a study themselves.

Tim Jones, Executive Director of Strategy, Research and Education at UHB, which runs the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB), said: “Clinical trials are a vital part of the Trust’s research work. They provide the foundations for the delivery of excellent care and enable us to be at the forefront of cutting edge treatments for our patients.”

The new league table is published by the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network (the research delivery arm of the NHS). It shows the number of studies done by each NHS Trust in 2012 to 2013, and the number of patients who volunteered to take part in clinical research.

Over half of the 390 NHS Trusts across the country increased the number of clinical research studies done in their hospital last year, contributing to the drive for better treatments for all NHS patients.

Dr Jonathan Sheffield, chief executive of the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network, said: “Patients always tell us how important it is for the NHS to take part in clinical research. In fact, according to our latest consumer 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. I would like to congratulate the Trusts in Birmingham for increasing the number of studies they do locally, and helping to bring research opportunities to patients.”

“I would also like to say a big thank you to all the patients who took part in clinical research studies in Trusts across the West Midlands region. Without their help we could not keep improving care, which is what we all want to do.”