Trust in to top 50 NHS organisations in the country for research studies


According to the annual National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research Activity League Table, published today, the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust is now in the top 50 research active hospitals in the country.

Research teams at the Trust carried out 122 studies and increased the number of participants recruited from 1,612 (2015/16) to 2,295 in the year 2016/17. This is a 42% increase in the last year alone, offering more research opportunities to patients than ever.

The Research Activity League Table is published by the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) annually to detail research activity across all NHS trusts and CCGs in England. The table provides a picture of how much clinical research is happening in which NHS organisations, and involving how many patients.

More people than ever before are being given access to new and developing treatments through participation in clinical research across the country, according to the latest figures. 

The number of participants recruited into clinical research studies in 2016/17 exceeded 665,000, the highest number of clinical research participants in any given year. The substantial rise represents a 10% increase in the last year alone.

Phillip Smith, Associate Director of Research and Development at ENH, said:

“At the Trust, we believe experience and outcome is better for patients if we are research active. It is very encouraging to see that during the first year of our research strategy, there has been a 42% increase in patient research participation. I would like to thank all those that chose to take part in the research that we offer and also to the many staff who work very hard to provide these research opportunities across an increasingly wide range of health areas“

Alan Cook from Hoddesdon, who is involved in a research project at the Lister currently, said:

“Research is vital, not only for the present generation, but also for future generations in terms of improved diagnosis of ailments, as well as cures.  Who better to be involved with the research than the patients themselves who have first-hand knowledge of the situation?  From my own perspective, I find the involvement to be of great interest and also by way of a thank you to previous researchers.”

The table sits on the NIHR website at, accessible to anyone wanting to understand how much research activity is happening in their local trust or CCG.