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Take part in research

Research is the cornerstone of first-class healthcare and is essential to help us understand which treatments and therapies work best for patients.

Our research team is based on the hospital site and our team of research nurses, practitioners and administrators support a number of experienced clinicians and other healthcare professionals to recruit participants into clinical trials and other research studies, in a number of diseases.

They provide ongoing support to participants throughout their involvement in a research study.

The research department provides advice and guidance on governance and regulatory issues, and issues capacity and capability confirmation for research projects to take place in the Trust. This work is supported by dedicated staff in pharmacy, laboratories and radiology.

If you are visiting the hospital as a patient, relative or carer, or are a member of staff, you may be approached by one of our team to take part in a research study.

Our main areas of research are:

  • Anaesthetics and Critical Care
  • Cancer
  • Cardiology
  • Children’s Services (Paediatrics)
  • Ear, Nose and Throat
  • Gastroenterology
  • Infectious Disease (including COVID-19 studies)
  • Musculoskeletal (Orthopaedics and Rheumatology)
  • Ophthalmology
  • Renal Disorders
  • Reproductive Health (Including Maternity)
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • Stroke
  • Surgery
  • Vaccine Research

We are always looking at the possibility of conducting research in new areas. We also provide education to the staff and students we work alongside.

There are several ways you can be involved in research: as a participant if you are being treated for a particular disease; as a healthy volunteer; as a relative or carer of a patient. If you are a member of staff, you may be part of a research team, or you may be asked to participate in a study about your role.

When being treated in our hospital, you may be invited to take part in one of the many research studies we are undertaking. You may be approached by your consultant or specialist nurse, or by another member of the research team. We actively support health and care research to expand the options available to our patients.

You will be given written information about the study and a member of the research team will discuss this with you. You will be given time to read the information and the opportunity to ask questions.

Participation in research is always voluntary, and if you decide not to take part you will always receive current standard care.

The NHS National Institute for Health Research is a source of a wealth of information relating to clinical research.

To find out more, please visit: www.nihr.ac.uk

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