Posted on Thursday 11 July 2013
Genomics research is just one area of investigation.
Guy's and St Thomas' is one of the top NHS trusts in the country for patients taking part in clinical research studies, according to new figures published by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network.
Out of 390 NHS trusts, Guy’s and St Thomas’ ranked third for quantity of research with 375 studies, and sixth for the number of patients involved in a study, with 13,784 patients recruited. This is the third year in a row that Guy’s and St Thomas’ has increased the number of patients involved in a clinical research study.
Professor Charles Wolfe, Director of Research and Development at Guy’s and St Thomas’ says: “This is excellent news. Patients want the NHS to do research and to get involved themselves – and I’m pleased that we give so many of them the opportunity. We’re committed to using research and innovation to drive improvement in patients’ care.”
Dr Jonathan Sheffield, chief executive of the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network said: “Patients always tell us how important it is for the NHS to take part in clinical research. In fact, according to our latest consumer poll, 79% of people think it is important for the NHS to carry out clinical research.”
The NIHR Clinical Research Network provides specialist research nurses and resources to enable NHS Trusts to deliver clinical research opportunities for patients.
To view the 2012/13 research activity league table visit www.crncc.nihr.ac.uk/nhs-performance.