A league table published today by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) shows Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the third most improved mental health trust in the country for increasing its research output – from being able to offer local patients the chance to get involved in 24 studies in 2017/18 to 39 studies in 2018/19 – up an impressive 62% year-on-year. The Trust also saw an 11% increase in the number of people taking part in research studies – up from 673 people in 2017/18 to 753 in the last financial year.
Sharon Hudson, Research Manager and Lead Nurse at Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and Clinical Research Lead for Mental Health at the Clinical Research Network South West Peninsula, said: “Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s research team aims to embed research into all of our Trust’s clinical services.
“Increasing the opportunity for patients, staff and the public to participate in clinical research supports the delivery of excellent care and treatment. Patients giving their time to be involved in our research is greatly appreciated and knowing they are helping to build the evidence base to advance future health care is what matters to them.”
Devon Partnership NHS Trust came in as the ninth most improved mental health trust in the country, out of 50 nationally, for increasing its research output – from being able to offer local patients the chance to get involved in 26 studies in 2017/18 to 35 in 2018/19 – a 35% increase. The Trust enabled 1,843 people to take part in mental health research studies in the last financial year.
Director of Research and Development at Devon Partnership NHS Trust, Dr Peter Aitken, said: “We know that organisations with strong research and development in general deliver higher quality care than those without. We also know that people who receive care within a research protocol in general achieve better outcomes than standard care. We are pleased to feature in the top ten most improved mental health providers in the country and continue to pursue our ambition to be able to offer an opportunity to everyone using our services to participate in research because we know it improves their outcomes.”
The 2018/19 NIHR Research Activity League Table is published today by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN). The league table highlights the extent of NHS research taking place in England, and the number of participants being recruited into studies.
Across the UK, 50% of NHS trusts and 61% of Clinical Commissioning Group regions increased their research activity contributing to the drive for better treatments for all NHS patients.
Nearly 27,000 people took part in NHS research studies supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in the South West in 2018/19, the data shows. The Clinical Research Network South West Peninsula supported 644 studies across the region.
Michael Gibbons, Clinical Director for the Clinical Research Network South West Peninsula, said: “The league table results are a great achievement for all involved and highlight the growing commitment to research from both healthcare organisations and patients in the South West. If it wasn’t for the continued hard work and dedication from our teams of medical professionals across the region we wouldn’t be able to achieve all that we do in the clinical research field.
“Thank you, also, to the 26,872 people in the South West who have who given their time over the last year to enable us to carry out this important research, all of them helping to increase our understanding of illness and develop the treatments of the future. Without them, none of this would be possible.”
Other Key figures for the South West Peninsula include:
• Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust recruited 4,513 participants into 241 studies supported by the NIHR in 2018/19, closely followed by University Hospitals Plymouth NHS trust which recruited 4,371 participants into 216 studies – an 11% increase on the number of participants in 2017/18.
• Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust saw a 54% increase in the number of people taking part in clinical trials this year – up from 2,218 in 2017/18 to 3,418 in 2018/19.
• Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust saw a 10% increase in the number of studies offered to patients – up from 110 in 2017/18 to 122 in the last financial year in which 1,729 participants took part.
• Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust had 87 studies available to patients in 2018/19 in which 1,987 people took part, whilst Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust recruited 480 participants across 27 studies.
• Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust saw a 26% increase in the number of studies it was able to offer patients – up from 60 in 2017/18 to 76 in 2018/19. The Trust also saw an impressive 53% increase in the number of people taking part in research – up from 818 in 2017/18 to 1,253 in 2018/19.
• Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust topped the charts locally for the improvement in number of people recruited into clinical trials – up from 649 in 2017/18 to 1,087 in 2018/19 across 39 studies.
• A further 3,729 participants took part in research studies in GP practices across the South West in 2018/19 – up from 3,266 last year.
To find out what studies are taking place in your area visit www.bepartofresearch.uk
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