Kingston Hospital has made the greatest improvement in recruiting to clinical trials according to the latest figures from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). This means that more people in the local community have the opportunity to access new and better treatments through participation in clinical research than ever before.
Increasing the number of clinical research studies and the amount of participants recruited onto these studies enables more patients to benefit from improved care in the local area.
According to The League Table Campaign, run by the NIHR Clinical Research Network, Kingston Hospital increased the number of clinical research studies it had open by 75% - from 16 in the financial year 2015/16 to 28 in the financial year 2016/17. This meant Kingston made the biggest improvement of all Acute Trusts in the country for increasing the number of studies open.
Both patients and volunteers at Kingston Hospital are encouraged to talk to their healthcare practitioners about participating in clinical research, to increase the number of participants in studies. The Clinical Research Network has consistently praised Kingston’s performance.
Dr Jane Wilson, Medical Director at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“We have an excellent Research and Development team here at Kingston who are consistently developing new projects and increasing our research portfolio. They work extremely hard to raise the profile of the Trust, helping a range of different departments at the hospital to become active in national and local research studies.
“To be one of the most improved Trust’s in the country is a fantastic achievement and we are delighted that our improvements have been recognised by the Clinical Research Network and the wider sector.”
Notes to Editors
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 at: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/research-and-impact/nihr-clinical-research-network-portfolio/
These figures should not be cited as a count of people because a person may participate in more than one study.
Results from the 2016-17 NIHR Research Activity League Table are available at: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/research-and-impact/nhs-research-performance/league-tables/