Discussing research with a patient

New research year off to a flying start

More Salford Royal patients are being given the opportunity to take part in research that can help improve diagnosis, care and treatment in the NHS.

In the first quarter of 2017-18, 1479 patients were recruited into studies by staff at Salford Royal, the highest figure yet for the first quarter of the year.

The Trust works closely with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) on many of its studies. June saw our most successful month for recruitment to CRN studies in the 10 years since the NIHR was launched to fund health and care research.

We also have strong links with the pharmaceutical industry, which means patients can gain access to some of the most cutting edge drugs and treatments available – and Salford Royal staff have recruited more patients to industry studies than other Trusts in Greater Manchester in the first quarter of the year. We are also in a strong position nationally – ninth of all acute trusts.

In particular, during April to June we were the top recruiting trust nationally to studies into neurological disorders and, the second for dermatology research.

But staff across all specialties have worked hard to get patients involved in research, so that the studies we contribute to provide the strong evidence required to improve future healthcare.