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Research and Development

We aim to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research.

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Clinical Research

Most research in the NHS involves people, often patients, and is usually referred to as clinical research.

Clinical research is at the heart of the NHS and an everyday part of the work done at Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust.

The aim is to find better ways of looking after patients and keeping people healthy.

Why is clinical research important?

We know a great deal about health, disease and medicines, but there is still a lot we don’t understand.  Research can find crucial answers to the things we don’t know and provide paths to progress.

  • Research leads to better diagnosis, more effective treatments, and improved results in patient care
  • High quality research is essential for improving health and healthcare
  • Research can save lives and avoid early deaths

Different types of clinical research

  • Clinical trial
  • Observational study
  • Laboratory ‘test tube’ research

Clinical research going on at Royal Berkshire

The Royal Berkshire Hospital is currently running the following research studies.

Emergency Department




Inflammatory Bowel Study


These studies are actively recruiting and open to participation by eligible patients. 

Research Activity – Performance in initiating and delivering clinical research

Q1 - Performance in delivering clinical research

Q3 - Performance in delivering clinical research

You can find out more about clinical research networks on the NHS National Institute for Health Research website.

Useful Contacts

Research & Development
North Block,
Level 2
London Road
Reading, Berkshire

0118 322 8140


    Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust,
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