Research at the Trust

Background to research at the Trust

The Trust has a long history of being research active with particular strengths in cancer, renal, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

The research activity at the Trust is a mixture of studies which staff have gained though external funding via grants, studies that are commercially-funded, non-commercial studies that the Trust acts as a participating site and studies that support the training and development of staff.

Research strategy

In 2015/2016 a total of 2,061 of our patients chose to enter research studies. We have developed a research strategy so that we can offer more opportunities to more patients.

The strategy was developed through extensive consultation. Numerous stakeholder meetings were held and this was supplemented by an internal and then an external survey to raise awareness and gain further feedback. The web-based surveys received a total 499 responses and over 800 written comments.

Click here to access our research strategy.

Click to read the Trust’s progress made in year one.

Clinical research performance

The Government’s Plan for Growth, published in March 2011, announced the transformation of incentives at a local level for efficiency in initiation and delivery of clinical research.

The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) has established two performance metrics against which the Trust, along with all other NHS providers are measured.

Performance in initiating clinical research

Clinical trials to be set-up and operational, and to have recruited the first patient within a 70 day period.  This metric looks at how quickly trials are set-up and recruited to.

Performance in delivering clinical research

Recruitment of commercial clinical trials to time and target.  This metric looks at whether or not we’ve recruited the target number of patients in the timeframe we said we would achieve.  The overall aim is to increase the number of patients who have the opportunity to participate in research and to enhance the nation’s attractiveness as a host for clinical research.

We are currently required to submit 12 months’ worth of data on these two benchmarks to NIHR on a quarterly basis.  The latest update on both of these metrics is provided below:

Performance in Initiating (NHS Permission) – (updated April 2017)
Performance in initiating clinical research (HRA permission) – (updated April 2017)
Performance in delivering clinical research (Commercial trials) – (updated April 2017)

Research publications at the Trust

Below are lists of research publications produced by the Trust between 2013 to 2016.

Trust research publications 2016

Trust research publications 2015

Trust research publications 2014

Trust research publications 2013

Previous Trust research news

Click on the links below to read recent news stories about research at the Trust:

Mount Vernon consultant recognised nationally for research excellence

Trust’s epilepsy service for children and young people rated best in Eastern England