Date: 03 July 2019
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH) has been revealed as England’s top performing trust for increasing research in the annual National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research Activity League Table, published today.
Research teams at the Trust ran 17% more studies compared to the previous year with 466 in total. This increase of 68 studies from 2018/19 is the highest of any Trust in England.
The Trust has now moved into the top 10 nationally for the overall numbers of patients taking part in health research. With 10,923 patients participating over the past year CUH is 7th for overall number in the country, up from 11th the previous year. This was a 23% increase from 2017/18 when 8,892 patients took part.
The Research Activity League Table is published by the NIHR annually to detail research activity across all NHS trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in England. The table provides a picture of how much clinical research is happening in which NHS organisations, and involving how many patients.
More people than ever before took part in NHS research in the Eastern region over the last year, according to the table. NHS and Social Care research teams from across the Eastern region ran over 963 NIHR studies, with 47,599 patients and public taking part in 2018/19 which is over 5000 more volunteers than last year (5,574). NHS trusts in the Eastern region saw an 80% increase research activity in comparison to 65% of NHS trusts in England.
Prof John Bradley, Director of Research at CUH said:
“We are delighted to be the top performing Trust for increasing our research activity, and to see ourselves in the top 10 for research participation. We strive to make sure research is accessible to everyone, and that participants have a good experience. Research is one of our core missions, and being highlighted in the league tables shows our dedication to delivering world-class research to improve healthcare.”
Dr Helen Macdonald, Chief Operating Officer for the NIHR’s Clinical Research Network in the Eastern region praised teams, saying:
“It is fantastic to once again see the Eastern region playing such a strong national role in health and social care research. To have such a significant increase in the number of studies taking place shows that research in the region is thriving. It is also testament to the continued hard work and dedication of the research teams and health professionals who do so much to develop better treatments and care for patients now and in the future”.
The table sits on the NIHR website at www.nihr.ac.uk/nihrleaguetable, accessible to anyone wanting to understand how much research activity is happening in their local trust or CCG.