More patients in Southampton are benefitting from improved access to new treatments following an increase in the number of clinical research studies and participants in the last year, according to figures published today by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
The 2016-17 NIHR Research Activity League Table identified University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) as a leading research hospital, placing it in the top five nationally for the number of clinical research studies supported.
The trust saw a 10% year-on-year increase in its number of studies, delivering 431 overall in 2016-17.
UHS also increased opportunities for participants to get involved in research, with the number recruited into studies reaching 22,430 last year.
“It is excellent to see UHS so high up in the NIHR league table this year,” said Becky Petley, a member of the trust’s young adult patient and public involvement group.
“It recognises the wealth of opportunities the trust provides to get involved in research in Southampton and will help to make a real difference to the lives of patients in the future.”
Both patients and healthy volunteers are encouraged to talk to their healthcare practitioners about participating in clinical research. Across the region, all NHS trusts and general practices were research active in 2016-17.
Nationally, the number of participants recruited into clinical research studies by the NIHR in 2016-17 exceeded 665,000, the highest number of clinical research participants in any given year. The rise represents a 10% increase in the last year alone.
The NIHR Research Activity League Table is published nationally to show where there has been an increase or improvement in research activity over a 12-month period in NHS trusts and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). The public can use the NIHR league table to find out the extent of the research happening at their local NHS trust or CCG and see how it compares to others across the country.
Jonathan Sheffield, chief executive of the NIHR Clinical Research Network, said: “The increase in the number of clinical research participants last year and the improvements we are seeing in studies delivering to time and target are fantastic achievements that are contributing to better health and care outcomes in this country.
“Researchers can be more confident of being able to complete their studies and more patients will benefit from new and better treatments becoming available. Overall, 65% of trusts increased their research activity in 2016-17, demonstrating the growing appetite for research within the NHS.”
He added: “We must continue to invest in the opportunities that clinical research presents by looking at more innovative ways of delivery and making better use of digital advancements in the health and care sector.”
*Press release issued on behalf of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network Wessex
Posted on Wednesday 2 August 2017