Research is essential to generate new knowledge for the benefit of patients, the modernisation and promotion of services in the NHS and the development of evidence-based patient care. At Airedale we are committed to facilitating high quality patient-centred research across a wide range of clinical specialists with a high level of patient recruitment relative to the size of the trust.

COVID-19 Clinical Trials and Research Studies
As part of the Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Airedale has prioritised urgent COVID-19 research and has been actively recruiting patients to these studies which include:

1. The ISARIC CCP-UK study
The purpose of the CCP-UK is to study COVID-19 disease to better understand its spread and behaviour by analysing biological samples and data from patients with confirmed cases of the disease across the UK.

2. The RECOVERY trial
This clinical trial investigates whether existing or new drugs can help patients hospitalised with confirmed COVID-19. Different drugs sre being added during the course of the study, and there have been successes so far, including the finding that Dexamethasone reduces mortality in patients very ill with COVID-19.

3. The GenOMICC study
This study will identify the specific genes that cause some patients to be susceptible to specific infections and consequences of severe injury.

4. Neonatal Complications of Coronavirus Disease
This study aims to collect information about mothers and new born babies who are affected by coronavirus.

5. Pregnancy and Neonatal Outcomes in COVID-19
To better understand some specific research questions as to how COVID-19 affects early pregnancy, foetal growth, prematurity and virus transmission to the baby the researchers will construct a global registry of women with suspected and confirmed COVID-19 from early pregnancy to after delivery of the baby.

6. FALCON C-19: Facilitating Accelerated Clinical Evaluation of Novel diagnostic tests for COVID-19
In the FALCON study, we will determine the accuracy of several new diagnostic tests for COVID-19. Those who take part will be asked to provide additional samples, which will be used to run the new tests. The results of the new tests will then be compared to the results of the tests that are already being used in clinical practice.

In addition to large clinical trials, the department also supports smaller studies, including individual research projects undertaken as part of higher qualifications, such as MSc or PhD. This involves guidance through the R&D approval process and ethics review, advice and training. As part of their continuing professional development many staff aim to progress through higher qualifications and/or research work.

Answers to the most frequently asked questions about R&D can be found on this site. If you require more information, please contact the Research and Development team at: or telephone 01535 292838.

There are clinical trails running across many specialities, including;

  • Oncology/Haematology

  • Stroke

  • Cardiology

  • Diabetes

  • Paediatrics

  • Obstetrics/Gynaecology

  • Gastroenterology

  • Critical Care

  • Rheumatology/Orthopaedics

  • Neurology

  • Cross-cutting themes

  • Respiratory Care

  • Injuries and emergencies

  • Reproductive health and childbirth

  • Hepatology

  • Public Health

List of Publications and Presentations 2008 – present