Public and patient engagement events
It is important to us at the Trust that we seek and act on feedback from patients who choose to participate in research. We are grateful to those who took part in the surveys.
Finding out how research affects patient care
If you would like to look at examples of how research evidence can be used to influence national patient care then click here.
You may also want to look at the National Institute for Health and Care Clinical Excellence (NICE) website for further information on research evidence and the use of research evidence to determine availability of treatments. Click here for more details on NICE guidance.
How research has enhanced patient outcome and experience
The following are examples of how research has improved patient outcome and experience at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust:
- The Renal Team is very research active and run many studies. These have informed the way patients are treated. For example research has resulted in the development of Shared Care space in haemodialysis. Some patients were trained to set up their own dialysis machines in the renal unit, self-needle, put themselves on the machine and take themselves off.
- The Radiotherapy Team, with support from the Bioengineering, have developed a ‘fixation template device’ for the delivery of high dose radiation (brachytherapy) in prostate cancer treatment.
- Patients who have Robot Assisted Radical Prostatectomy were found to have better treatment when compared with patients undergoing Open Radical Prostatectomy and that the cost of treatment was less.
- We are the host Trust for an important heart research study. Heart scans using X-ray imaging are being reviewed across a number of hospitals and different types of scanners to help inform the best use of modern patient imaging technology. Further information about this study is published in our patient information leaflet.
How you can be involved in research at the Trust
If you would like to be involved with research you can find out more via the Be Part of Research website or by speaking with hospital staff.
For studies involving cancer you may also find it useful to visit the Cancer Research UK website. This also provides general information on research and what it means for you.
How you can support research at the Trust
East and North Hertfordshire Hospitals’ Charity (registered charity number 1053338) aims to make a real, positive impact to patient care. We help our hospitals innovate, improve and provide excellent care.
The charity supports patients, staff and visitors to our four hospitals – Hertford County, Lister, QEII and Mount Vernon Cancer Centre. We purchase equipment, fund medical research and undertake refurbishment projects that are in addition to the standard work of the NHS.
We rely on voluntary donations – from individuals and organisations – to fund our work. If you would like more information about the charity, have an idea for a fundraising activity or event, or would simply like some fundraising inspiration, please visit the Hospitals’ charity website.
How we use your data
Information for the public and patients in relation to the use of personally identifiable data for research to meet the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2018 is available via this GDPR note.
For commercial research funders
The Trust has a long and successful history of working with commercial funders of research to deliver research to time and target. Please email our Research and Development email address.