Record number of patients take part in clinical research

More people take part in NIHR research in the Eastern region than ever before!

NIHR participant numbers

It has been announced that over 45,000 people – more than ever before – took part in NHS research in the Eastern region over the last year, according to the annual National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research Activity League Table, read the full article.

NHS and Social Care research teams from across the Eastern region ran over 950 NIHR studies, with 47,599 patients and public taking part in 2018/19. This equates to over 5000 more volunteers than last year (5,574).

NHS trusts in East Anglia in particular saw an enormous 80% increase research activity compared to 65% of NHS trusts nationally, with Cambridge University Hospitals showing the biggest increase of any trust in England. Research teams at the Trust ran 17% more studies compared to the previous year with 466 in total. This is an increase of 68 studies from 2018/19, the highest rise in the country.

The Research Activity League Table is published by the NIHR annually to detail research activity across all NHS trusts and CCGs in England. The table provides a picture of how much clinical research is happening in which NHS organisations, and involving how many patients.

The table sits on the NIHR website, accessible to anyone wanting to understand how much research activity is happening in their local trust or CCG.

The Carr family on our Clinical Research FacilityMckenzie Carr is the first participant to sign up to a new research study taking place at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH) supported by NIHR Cambridge CRF, which looks at how sensitising the body to insulin can impact the effectiveness of growth hormone in short children who are born small.

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Pictured right: The Carr family on our Clinical Research Facility