Over 5,500 patients in Reading have improved access to healthcare and benefitted from research over the past year.
A league table published by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) earlier this week placed the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust 19th out of 156 acute trusts in England delivering clinical research, providing thousands more patients with access to better treatments and care.
The NIHR Clinical Research Network is the research delivery arm of the NHS. It provides funding and other support to NHS hospital trusts to make health research possible.
Leslie Frederick-Mokogwu, Research and Development Manager at the RBFTsaid: “The Royal Berks has a strong research culture and believes that promoting, conducting and using clinical research is vital for improving treatments for patients.
“We have worked hard over the past year and have increased the total number of studies recruiting by 4.4%, with a 1.3% growth in participants recruited, taking the total to 5,520 patients.
“We have also grown the number of commercial contract studies recruiting, seeing a rise of 50%, with an increase of 38.8% participants being recruited into these. Collaboration with industry is vital to enable the NHS to deliver first class clinical research, speeding up the development and availability of new treatments, therapies and diagnostics.
“Our league table results are a great achievement for all involved, and highlight the growing commitment to research by clinicians and patients at the Royal Berks.”
The publishing of the league table comes after a survey of people in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire (including Milton Keynes) and Oxfordshire, carried out by Oxford Brookes University earlier this year, found that as many as 9 out of 10 local people would be prepared to take part in clinical research.
More than 289,000 people across the three counties have taken part in NIHR supported research studies since 2006.