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Rise in pioneering research helps patients in north Cumbria shape the future of the NHS

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Rise in pioneering research helps patients in north Cumbria shape the future of the NHS

Posted on Wednesday 18th July 2018

The number of clinical research studies taking place in primary care in North Cumbria is the highest in the region and a third higher than last year.

The 2017/18 NIHR Research Activity League Table is published today by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN), the research arm of the NHS.

The league table highlights the extent of NHS research taking place in England and the number of participants being recruited into studies.

Trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across the North East and North Cumbria have seen a surge in the number of people participating in research trials with a total of 42,450 people getting involved in 1,630 programmes a rise of 23% from last year.

Primary care research is highlighted as part of the report, listing the extent of research activity happening in communities across the country.

North Cumbria CCG had the highest number of primary care studies in the region at 29 - a 32% increase on the previous year.

David Rogers, Medical Director for NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It’s really positive news  to see our  GPs and their primary care colleagues taking such a lead in involving Cumbria patients in trials and research. We know that continually striving to learn more and improve treatments will make a real difference for patients in the future.”

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) also reported the region’s biggest increase in the number of studies carried out with a 26% rise from 27 to 34.

Commercial research activity is also gaining momentum. The number of NHS organisations offering patients the chance to participate in Life Sciences industry research rose across England – with 34% of NHS Trusts and 28% of CCG regions increasing the numbers they supported. 

Collaboration with industry is vital to enable the NHS to deliver first class clinical research, speeding up the development and availability of new treatments, therapies and diagnostics.

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust recruited patients for four commercial studies, compared to one the year before.

Dr Andrew Brittlebank, executive medical director of education, innovation and research, Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust, said: “We are enormously grateful to all our patients who agree to take part in research as we know that having more patients taking part is a good thing.

“We know that services and hospitals who undertake research have better outcomes for patients – even for those patients who do not actually take part in the research itself. So the fact we have managed to increase the amount of people who have agreed to take part in the variety of studies in north Cumbria is very good news.

“It is a constitutional right of all NHS patients to be invited to take part in research and I would like to thank colleagues, GPs, nurses and hospital specialists who have all invited and supported these patients to be part of cutting edge medical treatment.”

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the country’s best performing trust for volume of clinical research for the seventh year running. It topped the national league tables for the number of studies taking place with a total of 550 delivered.

The Newcastle trust also reported the biggest increase in research activity involving commercial studies, up by 26 from 117 to 143 reflecting the city’s reputation as a global hub for the fast-growing life sciences sector.

Professor Stephen Robson, Clinical Director at NIHR Clinical Research Network North East and North Cumbria (CRN NENC), said: “It’s fantastic to see all the region’s trusts and CCG’s being research active this year. There are lots of research opportunities available to patients across the North East and North Cumbria who are keen to take part in studies. We would encourage anyone who has an interest to speak to their GP,  hospital doctor or nurse.”

Dr Jonathan Sheffield OBE, chief Executive Officer of the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) said: “Health research is the key to finding new and innovative cures, treatments and care for patients. Evidence also shows research active organisations consistently deliver better outcomes to all patients they treat, not just those involved in health research trials.

“We aim to ensure research is embedded in all aspects of care delivered in England.  We also wish to provide an opportunity for anyone to be involved in a health research study.  With nearly three quarters of a million participants in the last year we are moving closer to achieving this.”

The NIHR League Table can be accessed from the NIHR website:

www.nihr.ac.uk/nihrleaguetable |

ENDS

NIHR Research Activity League Table - additional information:

1.  All data represents clinical research studies supported by the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN). Data are sourced from the NIHR CRN Portfolio of studies. More information is available here|.

2.  NIHR’s national Research Activity League Table for 2017/18 - which provides information about the most ‘research active’ NHS trusts and CCGs across England - is available here|.

About NIHR:

NIHR Research Activity League Table - additional information:

1.  All data represents clinical research studies supported by the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN). Data are sourced from the NIHR CRN Portfolio of studies. More information is available here|.

2.  NIHR’s national Research Activity League Table for 2017/18 - which provides information about the most ‘research active’ NHS trusts and CCGs across England - is available here|.

NOTES TO EDITORS:

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR): improving the health and wealth of the nation through research.

Established by the Department of Health and Social Care, the NIHR:

funds high quality research to improve health

trains and supports health researchers

provides world-class research facilities

works with the life sciences industry and charities to benefit all

involves patients and the public at every step


For further information, visit the NIHR website
www.nihr.ac.uk|

This work uses data provided by patients and collected by the NHS as part of their care and support and would not have been possible without access to this data. The NIHR recognises and values the role of patient data, securely accessed and stored, both in underpinning and leading to improvements in research and care. Read more|.

Posted on Wednesday 18th July 2018

 

 
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