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East Midlands enrolls over 62,000 people to take part in NIHR Research

22/23 Annual Stats

A total 62,870 people took part in research supported by the NIHR Clinical Research Network East Midlands in 2022/23, new figures show.

They were recruited into 937 studies across a range of medical specialities in Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire.

In the last 12 months, participants have taken part in research across a range of settings including their local GP practice, hospitals, dentists and pharmacies. 

Examples of the studies which participants volunteered include: 

Study: LOLIPOP 100k

South Asians living in the UK are at high risk of both cardiovascular disease (CVD) and type-2 diabetes (T2D). The mechanisms are not known. To advance understanding of these and other important chronic diseases in UK South Asians, the study will allow healthcare professionals to better identify which people are at risk, enabling earlier preventative interventions to be developed. 

Study: Using Primary Care to Tackle Domestic Violence and Abuse (DVA)

Helping to raise awareness of domestic violence and abuse in the community. Participants were asked to complete a brief eSurvey with the aim to recognise signs of the various types of domestic violence and abuse in both children and adults

Study: Development of a serocorrelate of protection against invasive Group B Streptococcus disease

Working towards a vaccine to help prevent newborn babies getting  Group B Streptococcus at birth. This is a national study that is being undertaken across England, Scotland and Wales. 

Study: Views of the public about dental teams delivering weight intervention

Asking participants for their opinion if they believe their dentist should be providing advice to their patients on diet, alcohol and smoking as part of routine dental care. 

Across the full portfolio of studies last year, participants were recruited at:

  • General Practices (GPs) across the East Midlands - 20,407
  • East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust - 391
  • Nottingham Healthcare NHS Foundation  Trust - 644
  • Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust - 12,227
  • University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust - 7,982
  • University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust - 5,105
  • Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust - 196
  • Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust - 133
  • Sites across a range of wider health and care settings (non hospital/GPs) - 4,146
  • Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - 2,816
  • Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - 2,081
  • Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust - 1,173
  • Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust - 1,584
  • Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust - 885
  • Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - 1,576
  • United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust - 700
  • Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust 724
  • Lincolnshire Community Health Service NHS Trust -100

The NIHR Clinical Research Network helps researchers make studies happen in the NHS, public health and social care. In England, almost one million people, 952,789, took part in NIHR-supported research in 2022/23.

Patients are also encouraged to ask their doctor or health professional about research opportunities and search for and sign up to be contacted about trials at Be Part of Research