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Our NHS Trust actively supports and encourages research. We currently have over 60 research studies open and during 2017/18 over 700 people participated in a wide variety of studies. 

Many of our doctors engage in research and they are supported by a team of 12 research nurses, a research midwife and the administrative staff based within the Research Department.

Information for Patients and Carers

Research is vital in order to provide evidence to improve treatment for patients within our care. If your doctor is in agreement, you may be invited to participate whilst you are a patient at one of our hospitals.  Detailed information will be provided to enable you to make an informed decision about deciding to participate.

You will be provided with the following:

  • a full explanation of the study by your doctor or nurse
  • a full explanation of potential benefits (or risks) of participating in the study
  • a copy of the Patient Information Sheet
  • sufficient time to allow you to make an informed decision to participate in the study, including time to talk about the study with family or friends
  • sufficient time to allow you to ask any additional questions that you may have
  • a Patient Consent Form to sign to confirm that you understand the study and wish to participate
  • an understanding that you can withdraw, at any time, from the study without compromising your care.

All research within our Trust will have received the appropriate regulatory approvals prior to the research starting.

Types of research available

We ask suitable patients to participate in different types of research within the trust. The types of research can vary from a clinical trial (to test a new drug or to test a licensed drug in a different way), to asking patients to complete a simple questionnaire regarding their quality of life.  We undertake research that is sponsored by national charities, academic institutions or pharmaceutical companies.

Specialities involved in research within the trust

The following specialities are currently involved in research within the trust:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular
  • Critical Care
  • Dermatology
  • Elderly Medicine
  • Haematology
  • Injuries & Emergencies
  • Neonates
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Paediatrics
  • Physiotherapy
  • Reproductive Health
  • Respiratory
  • Rheumatology
  • Stroke
  • Surgery
  • Urology 
  • Vascular

(This list changes from time to time due to the availability of suitable studies for our patients)


Patient information and research

We are a research active NHS Trust and there is the possibility that your records may be looked at by a Research Nurse or Research administrator at some point, who is not involved in your direct care. This is so that we can see if you are eligible to be invited to participate in approved research projects being run in the Trust that may be relevant to you.

Please see the document below on How we use your information. Please also see the Health Research Authority website for details about how patient information is used in health and care research.

Research on healthy volunteers

This hospital does not routinely undertake research on healthy volunteers. However, occasionally we may participate in a research project which invites patients’ relatives (healthy volunteers), to take part. For example, the daughter of a patient with breast cancer may be offered the opportunity to be screened to see if she has a ‘familial gene’ that may predispose her to the condition. Additionally, patients’ carers and relatives may be asked about their experience whilst visiting the hospital.

Patient and Public Involvement (PPI)

If you are a patient, carer, or a member of public with an interest, you can help research by becoming more actively involved and having a say. The NHS National Institute for Health Research offers further details about research. 

Research terminology

A list of commonly used research abbreviations can be viewed/downloaded below.


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Additional Documents

Commonly Used Research Abbreviations and Terms, Modified: 02/04/2018 2:05PM | Download: Commonly Used Research Abbreviations and Terms