Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust was the top Acute Trust in the country for percentage increase in number of research studies available for patients to take part in, according to the latest figures from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
The figures, published by the NIHR today, show that the number of open studies at Kingston Hospital jumped 93% from 28 to 54, which was the largest percentage increase of any acute trust across England.
More open studies means that more patients at Kingston Hospital and people in the local community had the opportunity to access new and better treatments through participation in clinical research.
Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust was also the joint top trust joint top trust in the country for percentage increase in number of life sciences industry studies available to patients. The number of available life sciences industry studies jumped from 1 to 5 representing a 400% increase.
Research and Development Lead at Kingston Hospital, Dr Helen Matthews said: “I am delighted that year-on-year we are increasing our research involvement to improve future treatments for patients. These results show how the Research team at Kingston has transformed the culture around research in our hospital, with their hard work and enthusiasm.
“Our aim is to make research an integral part of care at Kingston so everyone can benefit from the opportunity to take part and can decide for themselves whether or not joining a research study is the right option for them.”
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The figures are processed at the end of each financial year and cover the twelve month period from April 2017 to March 2018.
NIHR is the health body responsible for supporting and facilitating clinical research studies across England and publishes its annual performance figures each year.
All data represents clinical research studies supported by the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN). Data are sourced from the NIHR CRN Portfolio of studies. More information is available here.
NIHR has published its Research Activity League Table for 2017/18 - which provides information about the most ‘research active’ NHS trusts and CCGs across England. The NHS Research Activity League Table is available here.