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Health research

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Research projects, recognising potential new ways of working and developing high standards of patient care, are an important part of the NHS. We are committed to offering patients in our communities the opportunity to take part in research studies that are appropriate for them. 

We do this by bringing national trials to our patients. Evidence suggests that people who receive care in research active institutions have better health outcomes. 

The main aims of research are to: 

  • improve patient care

  • provide the best advice and treatment for our patients

  • improve the quality of life for people living with illness

  • prevent disease and reduce the number of people who become ill

  • make sure the treatments we give are effective.

Our clinical research relies on help and support from the people who use our services. If you wish to take part, you may be asked to participate in a research study or clinical trial. It’s up to you whether you want to do this. If you decide not to take part it will not affect your treatment in any way.

Getting involved in research

Participating in a research study can vary from filling out a simple questionnaire to trialling new treatments, depending on the study.

If you are interested in participating in research, you would be given plenty of time and information to help you make a final decision about whether you want to be involved. You can leave a study at any point, without giving reason.

What are the benefits?

Taking part in research may benefit you and others in some of the following ways:

  • by giving you earlier access to new treatments, interventions and medicines

  • your treatment and progress may be monitored more closely with more frequent and longer appointments, meaning problems or changes can be picked up and acted on more quickly

  • the opportunities to learn more about your medical condition may help you to manage it better

  • you would be helping to identify and try more effective medical treatments for yourself and others

  • you would be helping the NHS provide people with the best possible standard of care. 

Find out more

If you are interested in a research study in a particular area of health or social care, then please contact our research lead Kat Brown for more information: kathryn.brown20@nhs.net