Research is essential to find out which treatments work better for you - our patients. It plays an important role in discovering new treatments, and making sure that we use existing treatments in the best possible ways. Research answers vital questions and can also find answers to things unknown. Filling gaps in current knowledge and changing the way that we all work, research paves the way for the future of healthcare and the Royal Berkshire is here to be a part of improving healthcare for generations to come.
Click here to watch a short video from The Thames Valley and South Midlands Health Research Awards 2018 (where one of own researchers won an award for 'Rising Star') where nominees talk about the research they have been doing and why the think its important to healthcare.
On the 11th January 2018, Royal Berkshire Hospital was rated as an outstanding hospital by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Our Chief Executive, Steve McManus, has been recognised as one of the top 50 NHS Trust CEO's in the country by the Health Services Journal and in our family and friends test; 100% of inpatients and 99% of outpatients would recommend this hospital, whilst 100% was also scored in A&E. You can see more information about our hospital on the NHS Choices Website here.
It's ok to ask - Ask your doctor or nurse about clinical research! Talk to you doctor or healthcare professional about research that you may be able to take part in.
There are a number of other ways the public make valuable contributions to clinical research. For example, joining a Research Ethics Committee (REC, where they ethically review potential studies) or by becoming a Patient research Ambassador (PRA) A newsletter on the Patient Research Ambassador Initiative (PRAI), where members of the public promote research from a layperson point of view is available to receive by clicking here.
By visiting the UK Clinical Trials Gateway website, you could find out what clinical trials are operating in your area, which can provide you with useful guidance on how trials work and it may help you to connect with researchers running the clinical trials that you may be able to participate in.
If you feel that you would like to connect with us here at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, please get in touch with us using the contact details on the 'We Are...' page.
Research and Development Offices, Level 2, North Block, Royal Berkshire Hospital
0118 322 8140
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