Research is an everyday part of the NHS and helps to improve public health and patient care, making a real difference to people’s lives.
Our studies provide the evidence for specialists to decide whether a new treatment or way of caring for patients and service users is better than the current standard. They are essential to improving diagnosis, treatment, prevention and cures for all types of different conditions and diseases.
Our research links closely with clinical care and teaching to make sure patients and service users and their wellbeing are at the heart of everything we do. It means patients have access to some of the most cutting edge treatments.
Your doctor, nurse or other health professional might ask you if you would like to take part in research or you can ask them if there are any studies that are suitable for you.
Taking part in research doesn’t just involve testing new drugs or treatments – we often carry out patient surveys, ask people to advise on ideas for research or use routine observations that are already collected.
Our Research and Innovation department is recognised nationally and internationally as a leading centre for clinical research, with our patients taking part in hundreds of projects each year.
If you would like to know more, please feel free to ask the health staff who are looking after you or visit our specialist research website www.ncaresearch.org.uk.
You can also keep in touch through Twitter @ncaresearchnhs or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NCAresearchNHS/
Information on our performance on initiating and delivering clinical research can be seen here.