Clinical trials and research play a vital role in improving healthcare and our research and development (R&D) department works with health professionals across the trust to give patients the opportunity to take part in high quality, leading-edge research.

We carry out a broad range of studies in specialty areas including cancer, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, orthopaedics, rheumatology, critical care, obstetrics and gynaecology, upper and lower gastrointestinal medicine, surgery and respiratory medicine.

As well as taking part in clinical trials, a number of our senior researchers have developed their own research and have been awarded national funding to look at issues that matter to local patients and their families. This includes:
  • A cueing device in the form of a wristwatch that will help sufferers of Parkinson’s disease by vibrating to remind patients to swallow
  • A study to look at the information needs of patients suffering from chronic illness
  • A study assessing capacity and best interests in older patients with dementia when going home from hospital
It is our ambition to build on the research work undertaken in the trust and integrate this, and other high quality research, into clinical care and service development.
Click these links to view our performance in initiating and delivering clinical trials this year.
If you are interested in knowing more about our research either ask your consultant or health professional next time you are at the hospital, or call the R&D department on 0191 293 4087.

Improving care

Thousands of our patients take part in trials in areas including cancer and stroke.

This research plays a vital role in improving healthcare and in developing services.