City's hospitals among top performers in country for clinical research

Patients at Southampton’s teaching hospitals have some of the best access in the country to the latest medical advances.

Staff at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust recruited 20,759 patients to clinical trials in 2014-15, making it the second highest recruiting trust in England behind London’s Guy’s and St Thomas’.

The figure was up by 9,125 from the previous year, while the number of studies available also increased, from 345 to 385 – the fifth highest total according to data published by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network.

“This is excellent news for patients, clinicians and research teams in the city as it demonstrates our desire to be at the heart of the latest developments in medicine and to help improve treatment options for people across the world,” said Christine McGrath, director of research and development at UHS.

“We have almost doubled the number of patients recruited onto clinical trials in a year and increased the number of studies on offer, which shows we are determined to continue offering more patients access to cutting-edge treatments and technologies.”

UHS runs Southampton General and the Princess Anne hospitals, as well as hospice Countess Mountbatten House and the New Forest Birth Centre.

As well as leading in neurosciences, oncology, cardiac care and paediatrics, the trust works in collaboration with the University of Southampton to support the Southampton Centre for Biomedical Research, which specialises in respiratory medicine, nutrition and cancer, and incorporates the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility.

Jonathan Sheffield, chief executive of the NIHR Clinical Research Network, said: “I would like to congratulate staff at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust for not only increasing their number of studies, but also on being named the second highest recruiting acute trust in the country.

“It’s great to see a real appetite for research in Southampton and the surrounding region and I would like to thank all the patients who have taken part in research and made a contribution to improving NHS treatments for everyone.”

The clinical research league table is available at: www.crn.nihr.ac.uk
Posted on Friday 23 October 2015