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More patients than ever before taking part in clinical research

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New figures published today (2 August) show that more patients than ever before are taking part in clinical research at London North West Healthcare NHS Trust.

The number of patients taking part in research at the Trust has increased by more than 1,300 over the past year to 5,152 (up from 3,847 in 2015/16), making the Trust the second highest recruiter in North West London.

The annual league table published by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) details research activity across all NHS Trusts in England. It provides a picture of how much clinical research is happening, where, in what types of Trusts, and involving how many patients.

London North West Healthcare recruited to 126 studies in 2016/17, the third highest in North West London after Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. The number of commercial research studies also increased by more than 50% to 28. 

Health research is a vital part of the NHS, and provides evidence about 'what works' so that treatments for patients can be improved. In addition, there is evidence to show that patients do better in hospitals that carry out research - even if they don't actually take part in a study themselves.

Dr Ayesha Akbar, Director of Research and Development at the Trust, said: “This increase in the number of patients participating in clinical trials at our hospitals is testament to the high quality research that we deliver through a dedicated team of doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and research coordinators.

“I would like to thank all our patients and their families who have taken part in research at our hospitals. Their contribution helps us make major advances in the treatment of medical conditions that will continue to improve thousands of lives in our region and beyond.”

The number of participants recruited into clinical research studies across North West London in 2016/17 reached 27,239, over 2,000 more than in 2015/16.

Dr Robina Coker, Clinical Research Network North West London Clinical Lead, said: “We are delighted that increasing numbers of patients in North West London were able to take part in high quality clinical trials last year. The results from such studies will give health care teams across the country, as well as overseas, vital information about how best to investigate and treat a wide variety of medical and surgical conditions. We particularly love hearing from patients with positive stories to tell about their experience of taking part, because these are a real encouragement for frontline research teams.  

“The latest success is a tribute to all those across North West London who have contributed to making clinical research an everyday part of good quality clinical care. They include clinical investigators, research teams, administrators, pharmacy, pathology and radiology departments, and the patients themselves.”

The full NIHR Research Activity League Table for 2016/17 can be found here

To find out more about our research and how you can get involved, please visit www.lnwh.nhs.uk/research