Research and development

Research and development

Developing a research culture can bring a host of benefits for patients, clinicians and the NHS. It can drive innovation, give rise to better and more cost-effective treatments and create opportunities for staff development.

This section of the website aims to provide information to all those involved with research as either patients, researchers or those acting as research funder or sponsor. The intention is that this will make it quicker and easier to set-up and deliver high quality research that makes a difference for patients.

Click here to watch a video of Jane McCue, former medical director at the Trust, explaining why we support research. You can also watch interviews with four patients, who share their differing experiences of research at the Trust.

The following sections provide further information.

Useful Info

Contact the research office

The research team is distributed across our sites and is located in various offices.

If you would like to contact us then please call 0203 826 2162 or send an email to our generic email address

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

The Trust is proud to be a part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). You can find out more about the NIHR on their website.

NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN: Eastern)

The Trust is a member of NIHR CRN: Eastern and acts as a clinical research delivery arm for the NHS. You can find out more via the CRN: Eastern website.

What's it like to be in a research study?

"I am so blessed to have been included on the trial. It has ensured that I was able to see my grandchildren."

Find out what 100 of our patients thought of being in a research study at the Trust. Click here for full report.

Click here to watch a video of patients sharing their experience of research at the Trust.

Trust research strategy

The Trust’s ambition is to recruit 3,000 patients to research studies in 2019. For the period April 2016 to Mar 2017, the Trust entered 2,715 patients into research. Of these 2,247 were participants in research studies adopted to the NIHR Portfolio. This represents an increase of 38% from the previous three year annual average of 1,623. We see this as a strong sign that our research strategy is delivering immediate benefits in its first year.

Click to read the Trust research strategy.

Click to read the Trust's progress made in year one. You can also access a recently published journal article covering this in more detail. We are also trying to further improve research culture at the Trust by conducting studies that require a high level of staff participation.