Airedale hospital sees significant increase in patients taking part in clinical research

Posted on August 7, 2017 by AireAdmin

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust’s clinical research and development team have seen a record increase in the number of patients taking part in clinical research over the last year.

The Trust took part in 41 studies in 2016/17 with 830 patients taking part, an increase of 64% from the previous year.

The 2016/17 league table, published by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) shows all NHS trusts in England are delivering clinical research, providing thousands more patients with access to better treatments and care.

Evidence shows that research is something that patients really value and Trusts are creating the opportunities for patients to get involved.

Commenting on this performance Dr Carole Paley, Head of Research and Innovation at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust says:

“Research improves treatment outcomes for patients by ensuring that everything we do is backed up by the latest scientific evidence. It enables new and better treatments to be developed and evaluates the efficacy of new and current interventions.  During 2016/17 the Trust was set a target to enrol 550 patients onto clinical trials but we surpassed our target by almost 60%, which is a fantastic achievement.”

Dr Paley adds

“There are many different types of clinical research studies running in the Trust at any one time. The NIHR league tables report on studies which are on the national portfolio of trials. In addition to these we had over 60 other studies running, which demonstrates the flourishing research culture that has developed in the Trust over recent years.”

We recruit patients so well at Airedale Hospital because the Research and Development team spend a lot of time screening clinics and talking to potential trial patients and other staff are really helpful in helping us identify potential patients.

A good example is the recent SNAP2 anaesthesia study where every patient staying overnight at the hospital for surgery was approached to take part. This was a huge task and could only have been accomplished with the help of the surgical, anaesthetics and theatre teams.”