How your NHS Trust works in mysterious ways when it comes to clinical research

Today the NIHR Clinical Research Network Co-ordinating Centre (NIHR CRN CC) has published the results of a ‘mystery shopper’ exercise it conducted last year to investigate how well NHS Trusts provide information about clinical research.  You may have seen a piece in last Sunday’s Observer which trailed this work and you may hear about it… Read More How your NHS Trust works in mysterious ways when it comes to clinical research

Research in the NHS: I couldn’t put it better than Cumbria Partnership NHS Trust

Recently I decided to ‘Follow’ as many of the NHS organisations (Trusts, CCGs etc) as I could find on Twitter. The main reason was that as we ratchet up what we do around the patient access to research agenda in the New Year, I thought it would be good to begin to make connections on… Read More Research in the NHS: I couldn’t put it better than Cumbria Partnership NHS Trust

Clinical trials activity report for England highlights progress but much work still to be done

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) CRN CC has today published its clinical research activity report for the final quarter of 2011/12.  Some of the data and a good summary of what they mean is also available on The Guardian website. Last year was the first that this sort of information was made widely available.  So… Read More Clinical trials activity report for England highlights progress but much work still to be done

Pro-research NHS Trusts talk in-depth about their challenges and opportunities

After my little rant yesterday about health research culture and public involvement, it seems only appropriate to share with you the following in the interests of journalistic balance. The latest NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) newsletter, aptly called ‘News from the Network,’ is a special edition featuring in-depth features on the NHS Trusts who were… Read More Pro-research NHS Trusts talk in-depth about their challenges and opportunities

How’s your NHS Trust doing in the research league tables? Is Leeds the Man City of NHS Research? Does Bridgewater deserve the hairdrier treatment?

So NIHR CRN CC/The Guardian have today published a league table of how each NHS Trust is performing in research as defined by the number of research studies and the number of patients taking part.  I believe this is the first time such a table has been compiled and a thoroughly good thing it is… Read More How’s your NHS Trust doing in the research league tables? Is Leeds the Man City of NHS Research? Does Bridgewater deserve the hairdrier treatment?

In defence of the clinical trial patient: a health research ombudsman?

Over a half a million members of the British public took part in clinical trials through the NIHR Clinical Trials Research Networks in 2010, a 24% increase on the year before.  Those are the Government’s figures, not mine. Last week’s ‘life sciences’ announcement included a range of measures to increase patient recruitment to trials.  These include… Read More In defence of the clinical trial patient: a health research ombudsman?

More NHS patients participating in UK clinical trials than ever before

A piece of good news with which to begin the New Year.  PharmaTimes is reporting that the number of patients participating in clinical trials jumped by 67% last year to over half a million (compared to over 300,000 in 2009). The new CEO of the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network Co-ordinating Centre (NIHR… Read More More NHS patients participating in UK clinical trials than ever before