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Importance of health research recognised for NHS Trusts

Figures published show how the North East has maintained its leading position in driving health research.

The figures have been published today by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (NuTH), The North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (NEAS) and Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW) have retained or improved on their position in the NIHR NHS Research Activity League Table 2016/17.

The league table highlights the extent of NHS research happening across England and the number of participants being recruited into studies. This year’s results show that 65% of trusts across the country increased their research activity, contributing to the drive for better treatments for all NHS patients.

NuTH has retained its position as the country’s top performing trust for the number of studies it supported for the sixth year running. The Trust has increased its number of clinical research studies to 528 during the last year and the number of participants taking part in clinical research rose to 12,575.

Louise Robson, Acting Chief Executive for The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust responded by saying: “As a Trust, we are committed to delivering the best possible care to patients by supporting research, which can help improve the lives of people regionally, nationally and internationally. The skill and dedication of our team of medical professionals in the clinical research field must be recognised as the driving force behind this achievement and the consistently high standards set.”

 Regional highlights include:

  • The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has retained its position as the country’s top performing trust for the number of studies it supported for the sixth year running.
  • ​The North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust has been recognised as the top performing Ambulance Trust for the number of studies supported in the country.
  • ​Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust has retained its position as the third best Mental Health Trust for the number of studies supported nationally.
  • South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been ranked 22nd in the country for the number of clinical research studies it supported last year​

For the full article please visit the Newcastle University website.

Published on 4th August 2017

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