The Trust Research Strategy is a five year plan that outlines the key priorities for research and development within the Trust until 2020 and focuses on the following key areas:

  • Developing a culture that promotes, supports and values research activity within the Trust.
  • Increasing capacity for research within the Trust.
  • Maximising opportunities for increased access to research, to meet the needs of our service user.
  • Identifying opportunities for research collaborations with external partners.

The strategy has been developed in the light of the overall Trust strategic direction, the NHS Constitution, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) five year strategic plan for research delivery and the NHS England Research and Development Strategy. Please click on the link below to read a copy of our Research Strategy.

Bolton Research Strategy 2015 to 2020 [469kb] PDF

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Three patients who took part in clinical research at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust have wholeheartedly encouraged others to get involved.

Each of the participants said they had good experiences after being recruited on to research studies.

They have explained how they first got involved with research, what it entailed, how it has changed their lives, and why others should consider taking part, too.

The patients are:

  • Joanne Norris - PatientJoanne Norris, who took part in the STOPPIT-2 study which is aiming to reduce premature birth in mums with a twin pregnancy. Joanne agreed to participate in the trial looking at the effectiveness of a device called the Arabin pessary in preventing premature birth in twin pregnancies.



  • Zoe Johnson - PatientZoe Johnson, who took part in the DARE study which is gathering data on the genetics and non-inherited factors of diabetes. Zoe has Type 1 diabetes. It is hoped the study will improve medics’ understanding of the causes of diabetes and its complications.



  • John Pek - PatientJohn Pek, who took part in the STAMPEDE study. The trial is looking at the effect of adding new or different treatments to the standard way in which prostate cancer is currently managed with hormone treatment.


Alison Loftus, Research and Development manager at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are extremely grateful to Joanne, Zoe and John for taking part in research studies.

“Just like all of our patients, by agreeing to participate in clinical research they have made a vital contribution to our health service.

“Without them, the NHS simply would not be able to better understand conditions, develop improved treatments and make important medical breakthroughs.”

You can view their full stories in this video:

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust has an active Research and Development department which currently delivers studies in 16 specialty areas. It is supported in its delivery of research by NIHR Clinical Research Network, Greater Manchester.